I've lurked here for a while, and I finally came out of hiding because I'm confused as to why Amazon is blocking my erotica fiction. I truly was not expecting this, based off what I've seen as being standard on Amazon. I've never published before, so I was going to start with a novelette. As many know, their guidelines are vague at best, and so far they haven't been forthcoming with exactly how I violated their content guidelines.
I thought I'd post here, and give a few details of the story, in hopes that maybe someone might have an idea of what's blocking it from being offered in their store.
I'm pretty sure the cover is not the issue, as there's a woman who is lying in a red sheet. She's got more of her body covered than someone in a bikini. Here's the product description I submitted:
SUMMARY: Kayla Sutton faces the question no parent ever wants to face: what would you do in order to save your child? In desperate need of cash for her daughter’s experimental life-saving treatment, she siphons thousands from the company she works for. But when Gage Channing discovers her theft, she is shocked to learn that her sexy and domineering boss has no intention of turning her over to the police. Instead he issues an ultimatum—agree to be his sex slave for six weeks, or go to jail.
Backed into a corner, Kayla signs his contract and spends her first weekend at his home, at his mercy, and is stunned when he awakens the desire she’d believed long dead.
NOTE TO READERS: ULTIMATUM is a forced consent novelette with a BDSM edge. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. If dark and edgy erotic fiction isn’t your kind of read, you might not enjoy this story. Part one of a three-part series. Approximately 12,000 words.
There's no underaged sex, no incest, and no bestiality or scat--all things I've read that are a big no-no on Amazon. There's even a plot. The only thing I can think of is that the forced consensual situation of the story is what flagged it? Though I've seen a lot of other similar-themed stories that have made it into their top 100 bestseller list.
I'm scratching my head and at a loss here. They told me (in a form letter response, I'm sure) to make my content so it falls within their guidelines and resubmit. But they won't tell me what I need to do specifically. I can guess and make changes, and it can still get blocked, and then I'm worried they'll terminate my account for another supposed violation. I've read of some real horror stories online. I haven't even started publishing yet, so I'd hate to shoot myself in the foot on this. Should I give it a try again, or just go to B&N?
I'd appreciate any advice you guys might have on this issue. Thanks!