As if authors don’t have enough to deal with given the changing landscape of the publishing industry, there’s a new scam afoot. I went to Amazon last evening to check on something and was startled to learn that I had supposedly published a new book two days earlier.
Someone has used Amazon Digital Services to publish a 37-page Kindle book with my name and part of the title of my actual “Who Do You Think You Are?” companion book. I don’t know how this was permitted to happen since I have a long-established author’s page at Amazon, but I’m currently using the copyright infringement process (there is no option to cover exactly this situation!) to lodge a complaint and have it removed.
I’ve also posted a review to warn folks in the interim.
I count my lucky stars that I am literally the only person in the world with my name, and pity authors with common names who might have more difficulty proving that such a faux-book is an attempt to profit off of them.
* sigh * If these scammers would use a fraction of their ingenuity doing something useful instead of ripping off hard-working writers, they might actually accomplish something!