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astringer35

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Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 8:40 AM
 
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Hi there, I am trying to find out if it's OKAY by Amazon's rules for me to change the title. all content, etc. of an unpublished book (long story short: I had written a book ages ago and decided to pull it down for a major rewrite but I find I don't really want to rewrite it or republish it now). So now I have an unpublished book (meaning it's in draft status) that I can't delete out of my bookshelf. Am I allowed to replace that book with another one entirely?

And to further confound things and ask another question: The book I'd replace it with is one that Amazon has locked (not for content, but because I didn't know what I was doing when I was trying to edit a pre-release book and accidentally cancelled the pre-release). I am NOT trying to pre-release and I'm NOT trying to do anything dodgy...I am just trying to publish the stinkin' book! LOL

I've sent two emails to Amazon (admittedly one was this morning) to try to get answers/help and I've gotten no response. The first email to them was 48 hours ago or so.

Will I even be able to make a new book with the same exact title as the book that's locked--or is the fact that it'll be the same title as another book going to be a problem?

I don't intentionally break the rules (sometimes I wish I did!) so I'm trying to do this the "right" way, but I'm not really sure what the right way is! I've asked for the book to be put in "draft or unpublished" status so I can at least use it, but so far no response! I'm at a loss and this book is part of a series--I need to get ready to go...and I also need a working AISN to build links for marketing funnel content on my website and elsewhere.

Thanks so much for you help...I don't come here often, but when I do, the responses I get are always very helpful!
cdalebrittain

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Re: Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:44 AM   in response to: astringer35 in response to: astringer35
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Everyone agrees it's messy to have an unpublished book lingering on one's Bookshelf, but I think we're stuck with them. You could rename it VOID or something.

I would NOT recommend however using it to create an entirely different book. Because the ASIN would stay the same as the unpublished one, any old reviews from the unpublished book would reappear and be stuck to the new book.

I think you would worry and upset Amazon if you tried to use an old, unpublished book to make a new version of a locked book. A worried and upset Amazon can kick you off KDP. Rather, see if you can get them to release the book they locked. If it's just a pre-release issue, they should let the book out after chiding you and forbidding any more pre-orders for a year.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:49 AM   in response to: astringer35 in response to: astringer35
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I think cdale may have misinterpreted you. If what you mean is that you've never hit the Publish button on a title AT ALL, then yes, you can just swap it out completely with new text, new title, new blurb. But ONLY IF that's the case.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:50 AM   in response to: astringer35 in response to: astringer35
 
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astringer35 wrote:
Hi there, I am trying to find out if it's OKAY by Amazon's rules for me to change the title. all content, etc. of an unpublished book (long story short: I had written a book ages ago and decided to pull it down for a major rewrite but I find I don't really want to rewrite it or republish it now). So now I have an unpublished book (meaning it's in draft status) that I can't delete out of my bookshelf. Am I allowed to replace that book with another one entirely?

In the past I have had Amazon block a paperback of mine (done at CreateSpace = Amazon). I told them that I was going to redo the book under a new title and would have a major interior change. I had no problem.
astringer35

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Re: Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:53 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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You pretty much just confirmed all my concerns. And no, I definitely don't want to worry Amazon--I'm way too new at this to go wide and learn more than I'm already trying so desperately to learn!! LOL Thanks so much for your response!! Much appreciated!!
astringer35

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Re: Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:55 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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I wasn't clear about that detail in my initial post, I don't think. The book HAD been published, but for such a short amount of time (maybe hours--ha!) that it had NOT getting any reviews, but you DO bring up a good point that I hadn't even though about. I guess I'm waiting this out. Ugh!

Thanks for your input, it's much appreciated!
wirdmonger

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Re: Question about unpublished books
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 11:51 AM   in response to: astringer35 in response to: astringer35
 
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If you republish in that slot your new book won’t show up in the New last 30 day’s promos.
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