This Week in Indie Publishing

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Amazon’s Self-Publishing Service A Target for Fraudsters


Authors using Amazon’s self-publishing service have more on their minds than selling books: Reports have surfaced that some have become the target of cybercriminals.

Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity explained how the thieves have stolen authors’ identities and used them to launder money: Hackers upload fake but expensive paperback titles (one was sold for a whopping $555 per copy) to the stolen authors’ accounts on Amazon’s CreateSpace service. The cybercriminals then “buy” dozens of books, transferring funds to bank accounts. Authors usually receive 60 percent of a book’s list price.

Patrick Reames is one of the authors who have been scammed. He received a 1099 tax form from Amazon stating that he had made $24,000 last year. After some research, Reames discovered that someone else had published a book filled with gibberish called “Lower Days Ahead” under his name and account.

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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3 Responses to This Week in Indie Publishing

  1. Great. Like Indy authors don’t have enough to do with self marketing, now we have to worry about this 😡

  2. Thanks for sharing this Anna

  3. Pingback: Writing Links 3/5/18 – Where Genres Collide

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