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Amazon Marketing Services Rules Roundup

AMS Rules Roundup

Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) is one of this year’s hottest venues for book advertising, but to take advantage of the program you’ll need to know the rules. For your convenience, we’ve categorized Amazon’s guidelines and prohibitions for AMS ads into this handy list. We’ve marked each rule with the following tags for easy identification: — […]

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Watchdog Advisory: ProofProfessor

During the first quarter of 2017, ALLi’s Watchdog Desk received several complaints about a company known as ProofProfessor. The complaints were not about the proofreading services offered by the company. Rather, they described a troubling and consistent pattern of behavior by ProofProfessor’s founder, Matt Rance. In each case, Mr. Rance approached an author or publisher […]

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Macmillan’s Acquisition of Pronoun Creates Uncertainty, Hope

Last month, I reviewed Pronoun, an intriguing, free, assisted self-publishing platform. I’m updating that review today with a significant new development: Macmillan has acquired Pronoun. Uncertainty, but optimism too The incursion of Big 5 publishers into the realm of self-publishing has rarely benefited indie authors. The long, ugly history of traditional publishers partnering with predatory […]

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