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"They want you from day. One all the way through day ninety a hundred percent all in on katie piece elect and the even went as far as to threaten him <hes> you know hey if this happens again we will remove your ability to use katie piece. Elect four. I can't remember member was a years time but nonetheless there was a little bit of a threat there. I've even heard some people had their accounts suspended and now unfortunately this is just kind of one of those instances of i don't have any sources to cite on that one but at least point you over to the just publishing advice dot com great article. It's a short sweet derek really share some of his frustrations on that <hes> any rate so a policy number two. This one's actually came out like mine about last year. I would say around on springtime in two thousand eighteen. It was the bonus books the policy actually i. I think they were pretty forward about it. I might i i might be fudging this up just a little bit but they actually sent out an email. Maybe i could be off on this. One correct me if i'm wrong but nonetheless you what what was happening is there were some authors that were taking like say a short story and then they would put in a few extra like bonus books now to the reader. The readers probably loving this because it's like oh i just bought a short story and i got fifty other short stories fantastic into the author that makes sense because it's like what i'm over delivering but some of the people were gaming the system because what they were doing was they're throwing these bonus books that way they could get a taunt of page reads so rather than say having like a ten page short story and they just get ten pages flip through and they're done with it well. They got all these extra bonus books. Naturally the reader's is going to continue to read through. It's like oh well. I'm going to read this. I got fifty extra books. Why not well they actually changed the policy to where no more than ten percent of of your book can be of bonus content so you can't go beyond ten percent. <hes> there was a lot of these authors that were scrambling last minute in it because you know honestly they could either leave it up and you get a count suspension if not termination or they would turn it into to say compilations bundles things like that and some of them did that and others just kinda just delisted their staff and and moved on with. You know what their stuff but you know they. The ones that you know probably caused this policy changed. Were the ones that were just gaming the system. They were purposely trying to just stuck their books. So if you happen have any kind of of bonus content in your book my i recommend that you double check. Make sure it's no more than ten percent of your actual total book because if it's anything more than that chances are very likely they're they're going to audit your account at some point or another and probably flag you for some right policy number three. This one's owns an interested in this well actually ruled out right about the same time that <hes> the policy for bonus books came out in. It's actually tags now not to be confused used with h._t._m._l. Tax h._t._m._l. Tags are totally okay and there are certain ones that are acceptable over on the katie platform. They're all right with h._t._m._l. Timmel tax these type of tags are keyword tags kind of like what we use overrun say youtube tags we can put keywords in there supposed to make our stuff more discoverable discoverable well in any event back in the day early kindle gold rush days. If you will the the experts the coaches the quote unquote gurus were just dispensing advice that while if you can't fit in keywords within the context of your title subtitle series name or book description description you would just essentially take all those unused keywords and put them into a category that you say tags colon and then insert all of these things and it looks like a freaking keyword machine threw up on your book description page <hes> i tried to search this one down this particular policy and again it comes comes down to piecemeal together. I can't find it anymore but i do recall them. Saying right about the time that bonus books were being polled in this whole policy had ruled out tags. This came out as well so don't try to game the system and just throw in random keywords within your book description without some type of context next. I want you to put yourself in to the customer's shoes. Can you imagine how like confused they are when they see like a like gigantic paragraph like a gigantic blocked paragraph of all these key words are going to be like what what is this to insiders. It makes sense to people that are just regular customers. I it confuses them. The only thing that you need to have at the yearbook description should be a call to action by now. Get it now. Order your copy. Things things like that not a bunch of keywords alright so policy number four this one is another one and actually i discussed this in one of my youtube videos before it is machine generated content probably going machine generated cont what like hey i <hes> yes <music> but not really okay machine generated content. There was some people that were actually taking their english books and they'd go into like a translation software of some sort and just get translated now. We can all agree that the software's not not the best. Maybe another ten years down the road. Maybe a will be but right now. It's not translating the best and went into patterning is whatever language it's being translated into ends up just being just just a very unreadable you know it becomes very stilted and people become very angry and then they go and they look for refunds funds so just be careful about that. You don't want to be going using machine. Journey google translate doesn't work. I don't care what company says that they're translation asian software. Is you know the best in the world. Do not rely on machine generated content and furthermore amazon says if they find out no prey much pull that book and then actually i think this one actually resulted in either account suspension or termination. I know of at least one person who did this. We had i twenty two books and then they translated into like six or seven different languages on each one of the books and they were making significant income until someone caught them and they felt like putting into disclaimer was just enough like oh this was this was generated by such and such translation software so there might be a little bit of translation issues. No <laughter> amazon doesn't take that for an excuse they don't wanna have garbage being sold on the marketplace and there's this nifty little button and called report abuse that is on every single product page on amazon so i wouldn't. I wouldn't play with fire next one here. Policy number five external links now. Oh gosh this was. This is one of those ones that take a deep breath external links. Now this means to link out of your e book. Send people out to another thing beyond the kindle e book now. I'm just gonna kinda. Paraphrase things and this is why gave links to you so that way you can kind of do your due diligence and even reach out to katie p support if you find this bit ambiguous because it is slightly ambiguous what they want is if you put external hyper lakes it's okay for that is long long as you're not doing anything that is going outside the context of your book and it doesn't it's not required in in order to fulfil the e book obligations so this means like the rest of your content shouldn't lie out over on a website. All the content should be fulfilled within than the e books <hes> and the next thing is any kind of outbound links. It can't be things to say. Pornography can't be over to <hes>. You know tom just bad websites general hi you just going to have to go through read this there okay again as long as it's within context and dan there actually is a six point that i'm gonna kind of roped together on this one here with the policy of external links because there's some of you that are probably freaking out right now going oh but what about my email newsletter now i asked numerous occasions from numerous amazon reps and when i say numerous it was easily three. Maybe four times over the past few years to say is it okay. Is it okay so if you've got an email newsletter of some sort you probably saying you know hey <hes> subscribe to my email newsletter and and yada yada yada yada you simone overthrew your external link and they subscribe to your newsletter that is okay so long as you're not violating leading this sixth policy that i'm going to cover here in just a few minutes but you know don't freak out if for some reason you're going. Oh man. I'm kinda scared. Just reach out to katie piece. Supports say i hear something about external links is this okay. Is it non okay. We're gonna need to all work together as the authors and pay attention to these guidelines and let each the other no when we see some type of small change. Maybe someone posts in article <hes> i would recommend that if you ever do read something online like an article of some mm sort always question it always question. I found a few articles while i was put together today's podcast where there was some of them where they were saying you. You can no l. longer. Ask for reviews. It's okay to ask for reviews so long as there's not some type of an exchange which that's another policy by the way <hes> you know and you can ask for reviews. That's not true they. They're okay with you asking it. It's just you can't be coercing them or creating eating some type of a bias like. Did you enjoy my book. Make sure you leave a nice review they. They don't want to hear that. It's going to be something very simple for your reviews. It's going to be something like you know now that you've read this book. It really make my day if you drop an honest review of it over at this revealing so there there is that on the links well. Hey folks the oh here. We go external external links actually i. I did have a couple of notes here on this one. It's this one i completely completely glad that links to previous or subsequent books in your series. That's okay links to multimedia content directly related to the content of the title. That's okay links to additional ancillary slurry materials checklists assessments blah blah blah. That's okay links to topical websites. Okay such as topical like whitehouse dot gov social media related to the book or author totally okay some examples of prohibited links include links to pornography links commercial bookstore sites amazon links to web forms that request."