The representative I spoke to lumped the word omega in the same sentence as "BDSM, incestualized relationships, sexual contact with person(s) under the age of 18".
I argued that omega is a cultural term, not a sexual term. I sent in a screenshot of advertisements on my book's page, which includes several stepbrother romances, banging your 'manny', banging santa, your teacher, a police officer, shifters, and one dark romance which is thinly disguised abuse/rape. I pointed out that my book only has 3 explicit scenes in 110k words.
Aaand guess who they refuse to talk to? They marked my case as resolved multiple times as I reopened it. I'm told that I have to change my title to omit the word omega if I want the ad to run.
To be clear here: They consider the word to be offensive. They're totally fine with my content.
So I might be changing my title? I'm not sure yet. I like my scifi-pulpy titles! They're fun. It's pretty scummy of Amazon to censor a perfectly acceptable, safe word for a type of gay romance. I really do feel like they're picking 'omega' specifically because it limits gay romance on their site.
There are currently omega books being advertised, and when I pointed that out, they said the policy is new and they're in the process of purging all such titles from advertisements. This is going to hit some authors hard.
Sigh. So that's been my week this week… My final follow up question was to ask if they're eliminating 'omega' from search results too. They haven't responded.
As an indie there just comes a point where I have to stop courting bullshit and write.
So there's another chapter below to enjoy! Carter's funny ramble leads into him deliberating over an SOS button. I've always thought that characters are surprisingly okay when they get abducted from their life into a strange world.
Carter is onboard with alien boyfriends, but writing reactions like this to the weird stuff is very satisfying. This is what I want to see from all those heroines who go back in time or whatever. Why do they never mention the toilet?? Bathroom facilities should be a top priority!
Anyhow. I love indie publishing. I love writing my own stuff and to hell with everything else. I probably won't change my title unless they've banned it from search results or I have to do it to pay my bills.
I'll post another chapter on or after Christmas. See you then!