Friday, August 30, 2013

Amazon is targeting Indie Authors and Small Presses to censor the covers

Hi all!

As a Cover Artist, I know my trade.  I know what look greats on a cover, what will attract a reader with a specific genre, and I know what each book distributor will and will not accept as a cover.  Lately, though, I have no idea what Amazon's regulations are.

Amazon has been targeting Indie Authors and Small Presses making it difficult for any of the "erotic" books to find their audience.  Amazon will not allow couples in sensual positions, lingerie, or even titles with the words "punishment", "bondage",  or other kink.

Let me get down to nitty gritty for erotica authors. If you want your cover to portray your book, you are not allowed a sexy pose.  The book will be placed in Amazon's "adult" filter and then it will be LOST in the ether.  Below you'll find covers that Amazon believed needed censored.

These are just two examples.  RAVENOUS VIRTUE was censored because you can barely make out the man's bare rump.  CARLY'S PUNISHMENT was censored because of the title and she's wearing lingerie.  These covers are not explicit.  I have seen far more revealing covers that are not being censored by Amazon.  Why?  Because Amazon targets Indie authors and small presses.  They see TWO VIRGINS CD cover by John Lennon as art and will show John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's massive bushes but they will censor the above covers.  Amazon cannot have it both ways.

That's right.  Amazon does NOT see a problem with this.  I see many problems.  In fact, I see too much.  Look it up at Amazon.  It's there and in your face.

What would you rather see?  Seriously graphic images of rock stars or very sexy covers?  Does Amazon really have the right to censor what you want to watch, read, or own?  HBO and Showtime and many other television networks show graphic nudity and they're not being censored.  So, why on earth is Amazon censoring books?  You have the right to choose and to browse.  Not be coerced into purchasing something from a larger press.  Indie authors and small presses already have a difficult time getting into the market, they don't need Amazon hiding them as well.

If you think this is wrong, send Amazon a letter stating that you do NOT want them censoring covers.  If they think certain books should be labeled as "Adult", then they should have an adult section instead of hiding the books and not telling the author that they have hidden their books because of the cover or title.

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Clients for EDHGraphics!

Hi all!

I have some wonderful news!  Not only do I create covers for Indie authors and Blushing Books Publishing, but I now also create covers for Ellora's Cave and Total E-Bound Publishing.  I'm very excited to be working with them!  I also plan to submit my portfolio to other publishers.  Know of any?  Leave a link! :-D  If you are an author who publishes with the above, you can request me :-)

Expect to see many more covers gracing my blog!  And keep in mind, authors, I love hosting tours and having author interviews!

The new covers will be found under their specific tabs:  Ellora's Cave covers will be found under Ellora's Cave and Total E-Bound Covers will be found get the idea :-D  The covers will take some time to upload because both EC and TEB do not wish the covers to be posted on my portfolio until they are posted on their websites.  So, it might take a month or two before you can see my work.

As always, thank you for dropping by!

Here's some eye candy because this is what we do LOL

Friday, August 23, 2013

EDHGraphics welcomes romance author Krystal Shannan and her newest release, SAVING MARGARET!

Greetings all!

Thank you for stopping by!  I am thrilled to host author Krystal Shannan on her blog tour!  Having worked with Krystal on her covers and swag, I have come to know her as a great friend and wonderful author!

Vegas Mates, Book 2
Krystal Shannan

Successful, but lonely, Margaret Taylor finds her mate in the body of a man she least expects it in. A bear! Her human half tries to reason her way out of the match, but her wolf is through with her excuses. Crossing the species line isn’t unheard of, but it’s not often done.

Try as she might to avoid him, fate makes sure the big grizzly bear is nearby at all times. But, will his presence be enough to protect her from the evil stalking her?

The power of the magick between them can’t be avoided. But, Scott O’Hearn thinks the beautiful Taylor wolf is doing a fine job of just that —avoiding him. He can’t help he’s a bear shifter and he’s determined to convince her it doesn’t matter. She is his mate and he’s waited over a century to find her.

Will he convince Margaret she’s his true match before it’s too late?

Excerpt #20

Hallie shook her arm free. “Why are we hiding in the bathroom from a hot guy? Granted, he’s a bear. But, still a really hot guy.”
“Yes, Margaret,” Maggie started, her brow raised suspiciously. “Why are we hiding from Scott?”
“Oh, hot guy has a name?” Hallie started walking to the door.
“Stop.” Margaret sighed. “Please just help me sneak out of here.”
Hallie shrugged and pulled open the door just a hair.
“Please tell her I need to speak with her.” His deep bass voice rumbled through the thin opening, making Margaret’s whole body shiver.
Her lady parts were contemplating the horizontal mambo while the rest of her was nearing panic level. What the hell is wrong with me?
The door shut and Hallie pulled her phone out of her purse. Her fingers practically flew on the screen.
“Margaret, what is going on? Why don’t you want to talk to Scott?” Maggie leaned against the vanity countertop and crossed her arms over her chest.

To be continued…


Available Now @ Amazon | Smashwords | ARe

Novel – 40K word count – Paranormal / Witches/ Shifter Romance

Vegas Mates in series order…
CHASING SAM (novella)

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Meet the Author:

Paranormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board!

Krystal Shannan
Magick, Myth, and Legendary Romance.
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