As I transition from ghostwriting to being a published author, I realize many things wrong with the self-publishing industry, including the fact that more than 50% of so- called Amazon authors have never written a sentence of fiction.

I have been a ghostwriter since 2009 and most of my clients have more than one Amazon pen names. There was only one client who had one book published. This client had his true story entwined in a fictional tale that he needed written.

From the years of experience gathered through the shadow world, I must reveal the reason behind some of the crap you see on Amazon today.

Therefore, my friends, these are the reasons you see so much crap on Amazon. Here’s how to tell which accounts are contract publishers from which are actual authors.

  1. Usually, non-author accounts push out stories rather quickly. They’ll publish a new book (novella or novel) every week or 2 weeks. Some publish in bulk.
  2. An account that publishes more than one book at a time. If you check the new releases page and you see the same author publishing a dozen new books all within the same day or week, that’s not a real author. (with the exception of publishing houses)
  3. Their author pages do not have a real photo or real bio.
  4. Their books have 700 pages, 690 of which are bonus stories.
  5. Their books are between $2.99 and $0.99 only, never more.
  6. They hardly publish paperbacks.
  7. Their series are usually published rather quickly (this due to strict deadlines).
  8. Every book on their account has a different writer’s voice/style. Some are very good while others are obviously thrash. You can always tell the difference.

I don’t know some of my clients’ accounts but the few I know, I can proudly present their work. One of my clients account was shut down because they kept placing too many links at the front of the book, links to these bonus stories, therefore the sample gets lost in hundreds of links. Amazon does not like these kinds of books. If you have a box set that is different, but they would rather you publish a 20 page short story rather than a 500 page story with so many bonus stories.

Those are the reasons we see so many crappy stories on Amazon these days.

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