I Wasn’t Going To Write About This…

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Last week I underwent major, major abdominal surgery. I still have drains and such, but I’m healing. This is not why I’m writing this post. 

I wrote about a person who stole our book idea and wrote their own book here. By all means please read that first post. Our book, Suzy Has A Secret, was published as below.  

Print Length: 35 pages

Publisher: S. Jackson & A. Raymond; 1 edition (March 8, 2016)

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B01CRDLJB6

Their book was published as below.

Print Length: 36 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979650454

Publication Date: November 12, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B077CYGDTX

I had to hire a New York City lawyer. My Suzy book was published March 2016, and that other person’s Suzy book was published Fall 2017. Ours has reviews and awards, theirs do not. Ours has sales, theirs do not. 

Right before I went into the hospital, I published a second edition of my book as Create Space told me to go ahead and I had given them the Copyright.gov paperwork. While I was in the hospital, the other person complained, and then KDP got in on the action and shut down my account as did Create Space. When I came home from the hospital, I found all this out via email. See below. 

Hello,

Due to copyright infringement and Content Guideline violations with respect to books you have submitted through your account, specifically, the submission of content for which you did not have the necessary rights,  we are terminating your account and your Agreement effective immediately.  Here are some examples of the book(s) that you submitted through your account that fall into this category:

ASIN B078RNGHTW: Suzy Has A Secret, by Jackson, S. (AUTHOR); Raymond, A. (AUTHOR); Schmidt RN BSN, M. (AUTHOR)

As part of the termination process, we will close your KDP account and the related CreateSpace account (if any) and remove the books you have uploaded through our channels from sale on Amazon.  Note that you are no longer eligible to receive unpaid royalties for sales that occurred prior to this termination.

Additionally, as per our Terms and Conditions, you are not permitted to open any new KDP and/or CreateSpace accounts.

If you have any questions, please email us at content-review@amazon.com.

Best Regards,

Claudia Z.

I had to hire a lawyer due to this mess, and I know things will work out, but this is frustrating. My lawyer is going after the ones who stole my book idea. Due to this being a holiday weekend, it will be Tuesday or Wednesday before I hear anything, and I will be with doctors out of state for post surgery visits. Thanks for listening. 

12 thoughts on “I Wasn’t Going To Write About This…

  1. Oh my goodness! First of all, my prayers for a complete and rapid healing from your surgery.
    I too am amazed that Amazon is not honoring your book since it was published a year prior. Best of luck in getting this resolved in a timely and smooth manner.

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    • Healing is slow. Stress from this bs is now making healing harder. Thank you Karen. I need the luck. My lawyer is from NYC and so expensive. I have to have one. I can’t lose all of my books. Especially When Angels Fly.

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  2. Glad to hear you are recovering….sending more prayers. I dont understand Amazon’s position it doesnt make sense, but hoping a quick resolve for you.

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    • Thank you for the prayers . Amazon has a ‘policy’ that when someone complains about another author stealing their work, Amazon will suppress that book until both parties work the issue out. Amazon gave me the okay to publish a second edition as, again, I had my proof of ownership and all rights. Then KDP said they received a complaint from another party about my Suzy Secret book and both KDP and Amazon shut down all of my books and royalties. Now I have NYC lawyer.

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  3. Oh Mary, poor you. the whole situation is bizarre and run by robots at Head Office. You had already got the copy book taken down I thought. Surely Amazon has records of that. Ddi you try talking to them on the phone or emailing Jeff Bezos? I think his address is Jeff@Amazon.com – just in case you can solve this yourself and save yourself expensive lawyers which will come on top of your surgery costs. My best wishes for a speedy recovery and sorting this all out. xxx

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