Amazon is Your Friend ~ William Cooper: Outside the Margins

Join us as William Cooper goes Outside the Margins.

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Do you remember the days before Amazon conquered the ebook market? I do! Ebooks were insanely expensive, especially considering their low production costs versus those of a print book. DRM was rampant, with every other site wanting its own format and own DRM.

Then Amazon came along and started slaying dragons at every corner. They created some of the best ereaders on the market. They established pricing guidelines to keep publishers from gouging their customers. They opened their doors to indie authors, giving them voices when publishers would’ve otherwise silenced them. And now they’ve created the first semi-successful Netflix for books.

To a lot of people, Amazon is a godsend.

And for the most part, those people would be right. Amazon has brought us a lot of amazing leaps forward in the digital publishing world. And without them, ebooks might still be floundering in the dark.

That’s not to say Amazon is without its faults. They’ve been criticized over and over for their vague guidelines regarding their Self-Publishing arm. Authors who butt up against Amazon find themselves being told to read the guidelines, which are maddeningly vague.

Amazon has banned accounts and blocked books over these guidelines, much to the frustration of authors. And yes, there are a lot of gray areas to get lost in where you can easily find yourself at the mercy of the corporate giant.

But at the same time, they have a few clear cut guidelines that any indie author can find out with a quick Google search.

Incest, bestiality, pedophilia, and rape are the four big categories of books that Amazon refuses to sell. You can imagine my disappointment that Amazon doesn’t want to sell the genre I write in – twincest. This is the biggest market for ebooks and they’ve cut me off at the knees.


Amazon has had this policy for many years now. My first Twincest book, Texan Summer, used to be for sale on Amazon when it was published by Silver Publishing. Not long after that, Amazon came out with the ruling that incest books were no longer kosher and began culling them.

Since then, Amazon has had a ban on all incest books. Some books manage to get through the filters, but they generally don’t stay up very long. Once Amazon becomes aware of the book, they kill it on sight.

Lately, Amazon has been getting a lot of flak for this. The thing is though, a lot of people forget that businesses have rights, just like people do. You can’t be forced to by something, yet at the same time, you can’t force someone to sell something.

Amazon has the right to determine what items they wish to sell. And Amazon, as a company, has decided not to sell any books that fall under those for categories I mentioned earlier.

Do I wish this wasn’t true? Absolutely. It’d make my life so much easier if Amazon allowed me to sell my books there. Do I wish their guidelines were less vague? Definitely. I’d love some clarification about what exactly is okay in those gray areas.

But the world isn’t perfect. So every time I curse Amazon for their horribly vague guidelines, I try to take a step back and be thankful for what they’ve given me. Because without Amazon, most of us would be stuck working boring day jobs.

So the next time you’re ready to stab Amazon in the eye with a toothpick, take a deep breath and think of all the good things Amazon has done for you lately.


Authors-Gone-Wild4v Title: Authors Gone Wild
Publisher: Stiff Rain Press
Genre: Erotica

Caught Between a Cock and a Hard Dom by J.P. Barnaby

Brandon Lennox doesn’t like people. When his lover and Dom signs him up for an author conference in Austin, Texas, his social anxiety goes into overdrive.

Well, until the hot boy in the tight little Robin costume shows them both just how much of a boy wonder he is.

Family Lines by Sara York

Brett Nash is a successful author, but his past still haunts him. Being kicked out of his home at the age of sixteen has left him distrustful of others. When Daniel, his stepbrother, shows up at HomoEroticCon, Brett has to decide to stay or leave. Worse, his publisher traps them in a room together; forcing Brett to talk to the one man he’s never stopped loving.

Fanboy by Brandon Witt

HomoErotiCon was only a conference. Just four days. Nothing more than a long weekend. Hooked from the first moment he picked up his first gay romance novel, Sampson Pruitt fantasized about living a life like the ones he read about on the page. The novels made him hope he might be able to truly break free, and discover the courage to leave the secrecy of his life. Maybe even meet the author of his dreams. Just four days. For this Fan Boy, four days might be enough to change everything.

Fan Service by William Cooper

Author Josh Austin loves going to conventions all the time, especially HomeErotiCon. But those weekends take their toll on the introverted author. Normally used to curling up alone to toil away at his books, it’s always a complete change of pace having to be “on” for all the readers and fellow authors.

But when an overeager fan crawls under his table at the signing, he can’t say no. When Carlisle begins to unzip his pants, Josh lets loose for once in his life, living like the characters straight out of one of his books.

Where else would this horny twink lead him?

Muse by Ethan Stone

Micah Shea is nursing a broken heart when he arrives at HomoErotiCon. He just wants to chill out, have fun and get laid a time or two. The weekend starts out well with a fun encounter with a bellhop and an invite to an orgy. However, at the party Micah’s world is turned upside down when he sees a man who is the exact embodiment of a dream he had years ago—the guy who became his muse and the star of his books.

At first Micah is drawn to Trevor because of the resemblance, but the more Micah gets to know Trevor the more he genuinely likes him. The sex is awesome but they have more than just a physical connection.

It all goes to hell when Trevor learns the truth and Micah has to convince him he isn’t a stalker—before the end of the conference.

Stiff Rain Press
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

~ William Cooper

About William Cooper

William Cooper has been writing and reading since he was little. In 2010 he took the first step toward publishing a book and hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s two men who met in college or brothers who have been in love their entire life, William loves to tell their story for everyone to read.


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One thought on “Amazon is Your Friend ~ William Cooper: Outside the Margins

  1. I get what you are saying, William, I truly do. But, on the other hand, if the relationship and/or sex is between two consenting adults I think there should be concessions made for that by Amazon. Maybe that gray area would become better defined. Sometimes it’s hard to take having their morality shoved down one’s throat when, in this instance, it’s not an issue of morality. I think all their rules should change when we’re talking adults, or near adults and not children. There is a huge difference. I for one love your stories and don’t see any reason why Amazon should choose not to offer them. I’m not going to beat them up over it, but I will respectfully disagree with them.

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