Monday, January 25, 2016

Amazon Ad - Rejected!

Tried to place the Amazon ad last night and this morning I got the rejection letter. (It's okay, I'm a writer, I'm used to rejection)

Apparently, No Apologies' cover art is too hot to handle.
Hey! She's dressed (sort of) and he's just shirtless. 
Amazon has a list of rules for ads here.
No Apologies just doesn't make the cut. Maybe too much skin per square inch?
When a my cover designer first gave me this cover I liked the beach because the opening scene is a woman on a beach. She moves back home and is thrown together with the man she left at the altar. Cue the suspense and she needs his help because she's being stalked by a man who wants to auction her off to the highest bidder. Although there are several suggestive scenes, they never actually have sex. So maybe my cover is too hot?

All day long I've been thinking about whether or not I should change the cover. If Amazon doesn't like it, maybe others are turned off, too?

Is my cover too sexy for my book? 

After asking around, (friends & family) the general consensus is not to change the cover.

I wanted to promote this book for more reviews, get it some face time on the Internet. I guess I could turn to AdSense or something like that? Spend the same budget there that I had marked for Amazon? I'm going to have to think about this for a day or two.

Of course I could put one of my other books in the Amazon ad, they all need more reviews, but I'm thinking its better to concentrate on this one book for awhile to kind of kick it off the ground.

Maybe I should just be writing?


Tobi Summers said...

It's the nipple. One of the panel leaders at last year's Create Something Magical mentioned it while she was talking about promoting (I think it was one of the ones we split up for). Amazon wants their ads to be "family friendly," even for the sexier books, and they don't generally use covers that show a nipple, male or female.

Charles Gramlich said...

Interesting. Seems like I've seen more revealing covers. But who knows