Last Friday, Graphic Sexual Horror was finally up on Amazon for digital download and VOD. Yesterday morning, I got this email from our digital distributor:"We just spoke with Amazon, who unfortunately need to pull the film from their storefront given some explicit issues. We will keep you posted on Netflix and everything else. Thanks very much."
Thanks to all of you who rented and watched the film, we were on Amazon's top 10 list of both documentary and independent films for the days it was available.
The DVD release also had to be put off until summer because Warner Distribution refused to carry it on "moral" grounds. The DVD release is planned for this summer.
If any of you want to let Amazon.com know that you would like to see the film, please let them know at this link:
Netflix has it listed, but it is not yet available. add it to your Netflix queue to improve chances that it will be available there soon.
And we'd appreciate it very much if you would pass this mail on to friends or groups.
Thanks so much!
On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: "Transgressions" by Erastes and "False Colors" by Alex Beecroft. Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort? The very next day HUNDREDS of gay and lesbian books simultaneously lost their sales rankings, including my book "The Filly." There was buzz, What's going on? Does Amazon have some sort of campaign to suppress the visibility of gay books? Is it just a major glitch in the system? Many of us decided to write to Amazon questioning why our rankings had disappeared. Most received evasive replies from customer service reps not versed in what was happening. As I am a publisher and have an Amazon Advantage account through which I supply Amazon with my books, I had a special way to contact them. 24 hours later I had a response:
In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.
Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.
Yes, it is true. Amazon admits they are indeed stripping the sales ranking indicators for what they deem to be "adult" material. Of course they are being hypocritical because there is a multitude of "adult" literature out there that is still being ranked - Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, come on! They are using categories THEY set up (gay and lesbian) to now target these books as somehow offensive.
Now in fairness I should point out that Amazon has also stopped ranking many books in the "erotica" categories as well which includes straight erotica. But that's a whole other battle that I'll leave to the erotica writers to take on.
Now I could probably convince the automatons at Amazon that The Filly is YA and therefore not "adult" in the least, and I could probably even convince them to reinstate my ranking. But if they are excluding books just on the basis of being "gay" then by all means exclude mine too because I don't want them just to reinstate the "nice" gay books, they need to reinstate all the gay books and if they are really going to try and exclude so-called "adult" material, then how come this has an Amazon ranking?