This year it seems like every other book review I submit to Amazon is rejected. Prior to this year, I was chuffed because I was the anomaly, only having had two reviews rejected. I guess they’ve got a new computer and algorithm this year.
If you’re a writer, you know that the more reviews you get, the more you gain in the long run. Every review counts because publishers, rightly or wrongly, regardless of the positivity or negativity, believe that the numbers matter. (Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad review (ha)). As a writer and reviewer, I completely understand this and try to get my reviews accepted. Knowing that there’s an enhanced chance lately that the review will be rejected, I’ve been being extra careful to double check my reviews before submitting.
Why, oh, why? I asked myself as I had scrutinized the review to make sure I didn’t have any of those throwaway phrases like: “you’ll probably enjoy this one” that are evidently trying to persuade the possible book buyer to buy a book that I, the reviewer, am evilly trying to get you to buy for my own gain. (Through affiliate links? hahaha…I think I’ve made $10 (I haven’t seen, no payout until $100) through affiliate links in 5 years of blogging.)
And then I saw this in the email: We do not allow profane or obscene content. This applies to adult products too. In that instant I remembered the paragraph I’d added at the last minute, which I thought I’d censored well enough. I guess not.
While I can’t be certain, I’m pretty sure that this was the bit that had Amazon reject my review: I did, however, find her substituting non-slang for cuss slang like excrement for sh*t and intercourse for f*ck to be really funny and might start yelling “INTERCOURSE!” when I’m really, really mad. Books really do provide us with gifts.
Lately there will be an addition to the review rejection email: don’t bother submitting again. (My paraphrase.) This one didn’t have that so I’ve deleted what I presume are the deadly sentences and resubmitted. We’ll see what happens.
So authors, this is why you sometimes don’t get all of the reviews you are entitled to.
I’ll update to let you know if the deletion worked.
Update: My review is now live. Amazon sent no notification but it is buried among 36 other reviews. Lesson learned: be mindful of language if submitting review to Amazon. 🙂