Another Lesson Learned

As I journey through the adventure of publishing with a new platform, I learned something new this weekend. First, the good news. My novella is done. Ebook available everywhere. The paperback is done and available … well, some places.

I set a publication date of August 29, thinking that meant the book would be available at on-line retailers that day. Nope. That just means that’s the day the Draft2Digital makes it available to retailers and those retailers can take up to a couple of weeks to put it up on their websites. So … the novella is up on one, waiting on another, and who knows on the smaller retailers that I don’t even know about.

With that done and out of the way, I moved to finalizing a collection of short stories I decided to publish as well. The process went so much more smoothly the second time around. Until it didn’t.

Here’s what I learned. Kobo and Apple will not accept any books that include reference to their “competitors.” So, when I uploaded the ebook and pushed publish, I got an email a couple of hours later letting me know that Kobo and Apple had rejected it.

Why?

Because on the “Also by” page, I include my social media references and I also mentioned that I now have a podcast and I described the podcast as being available on Spotify, Apple and other podcast platforms. I also mention at the very end of the collection a story I included that had previously been published as an ebook only for Kindle.

So … I deleted those offensive references and have pushed publish again. For both the ebook and paperback. I have to laugh at Kobo and Apple’s policies. Like it’s going to hurt their business if a book includes a reference to Amazon or Kindle or Spotify. Just kind of ridiculous.

4 Comments

  1. What a silly policy!

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    1. kingmidget says:

      Couldn’t say it better myself. When I got the email telling me that Kobo and Apple had rejected it and the reason … it took me some time to pick up my jaw off the ground. And, of course, they don’t tell you any specifics about the problem. So, you have to go find the “offensive” references yourself.

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  2. Kobo and Apple aren’t the only ones, though. I once got a message from Smashwords telling me to delete a mention of Amazon somewhere in my book’s back matter. So now I have separate documents for Amazon and Smashwords each of which don’t mention the other.
    And you can’t pay for stuff you buy from Amazon with PayPal because they’re owned by a competitor. Or something. It’s everywhere!

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    1. kingmidget says:

      It’s just kind of ridiculous.

      Liked by 1 person

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