INDIE AUTHORS BEWARE~Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or “How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort” #mfrwauthor


I’m not an indie author (yet) but I have a lot of friends who are. This post is for you.

The Active Voice

Okay, I’ve got a story. It’s a sort of scary one. I think independent/self-publishing authors need to know about it, and telling it carefully and correctly is also important for my own situation, so I’m going to take my time and lay it all out in order.

Pressed for time? You can skip to the bottom for the TL;DR summation.


Becca Mills - Nolander - 333x500 On Friday, February 27, 2015, I noticed that my bookmarked Amazon.com link to my first novel,  Nolander , was yielding, “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site.” I went to my Amazon dashboard and discovered the book had been blocked.

In my spam folder, I discovered an email from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s self-publishing arm, informing me that someone had sent in a DMCA notice. In response, Amazon had summarily blocked Nolander from sale.

“DMCA” stands for “Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”…

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About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters, five granddaughters (with a new girl on the way), and wife to a wonderfully supportive man. I began writing warm-you-to-the-bones romance as a teen, and the addiction has now morphed into a life of its own. I became a published author in May 2011! I create art and jewelry with polymer clay and beads to relax, and have a passion for sewing for fun. See my art, craft and sewing projects at http://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com and on Calisa Rhose's Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/CalisaRhose

Posted on 03/16/2015, in Pen of the Dreamer. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Just read the whole thing on Becca’s blog. Utterly stunned this kind of stuff can happen. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Yeah, it scares me to even try self publishing now. I can’t imagine how scary and frustrating Becca must have been. I was so glad she finally got her book back up and this issue resolved. But that guy, and probably others like him, is still out there, free to do it again to her or someone else.

      On the bright side– When I told my husband about it he said I needed to find a new career. Woot! He called my writing a career! 🙂

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  2. Stacy McKitrick

    That IS scary! Thanks for sharing.

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