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They give three of my books.
Well, I looked at a selling genre and wrote a book around them. I didn't think it was going to be this severe. I didn't copy anything. The story stayed in my memory and I had significantly altered it.
I have the word files which I wrote myself, taking significant effort.
I don't want KDP to ban me. I don't care if they take those three books out, just as long as they keep me publishing.
What should I do? Am I finished? This is my only income-stream ATM. Help!
I haven't dealt with this issue personally, but I think your first step would be to contact Support to determine what they accept as proof. They might also be able to tell you which books yours are too similar to for copyright clarity. It sounds like you can keep publishing if you can either prove you wrote them, and they are your original ideas, or if you agree to unpublish those three. I'm not sure of that, of course, which is why I suggest talking to Amazon--well, emailing, since we KDPers aren't worthy of phone support.
which is why I suggest talking to Amazon--well, emailing, since we KDPers aren't worthy of phone support.
Although we can only email into customer support, which I can understand otherwise they would never be off the phone, if there is a serious issue, customer service can actually call you back.
I had an issue where somebody on the forums had threatened to report me for getting into an "argument" with him because I disagreed with his pov.
I emailed in to customer services explaining my situation and my side of things, trying to head it off. I live in the UK and received a phone call from the US, which it turned out to be customer services. They reassured me that no complaint had been made, listened to my reasons for my email to them and logged it just in case a complaint did come in.
I have never had an issue contacting customer services. They always reply to my emails within 48 hours.
maxM wrote: The story stayed in my memory and I had significantly altered it.
You cannot, under any circumstances, lift the plot from another authors work. That is called plagiarism and it can land you in hot water.
Many new writers don't understand the difference between plagiarism and tropes.
For example, you can write a story about a small town girl who falls in love with a vampire.
You cannot rewrite the entire Twilight novel in your own words. It's easy to spot, readers will notice, and someone will tell the author.
The author will then contact Amazon or even worse contact a lawyer. While you may not have realized you were doing anything wrong, it won't matter.
So always make sure the plot 100% your own. Don't copy another writers sequence of events - it's stealing and very easy to prove.