How many of us have gotten this email, "Your review could not be posted on Amazon.com" ( Some of us more than others)? I'm just going to assume that it's likely bullet point number three that's tripping everybody up.
- We do not allow profane or obscene content. This applies to adult products too.
Let's face it; it's hard not to use strong language when you're feeling overly emotional about a book. It's hard not to refer to sexual terms in a review when the book is predominately about sex, but what exactly is "profane or obscene"? I need a list dammit!
I have to hand it to Amazon, they have become more laxed (a lot more laxed) lately in what they're allowing through the screening process, but it's the screening process that has me all confused. So I decided to do something about it. I spent some time posting mock reviews which included some commonly used "naughty" words. I basically used trial and error to create a list of Amazon approved words by posting, reposting, and posting again (and again...and again) until I knew exactly what was allowed and what wasn't.
So here's your guide to go live!
Amazon approved words
Son of a bitch
Profane or obscene content
*Amazon is very smart. Notice, that using symbols as an alternative doesn't always work. If you are wanting to use the "f" word, leaving in the letter "k" somehow trips the "naughty" alarm.
Alternatives that do work
**I tried each word individually trying to make this list as accurate as possible. I even put all "approved" words in one review just to make sure it went live. It lived!
I hope this helps and makes your review life a little easier!