Miss Munroe At The Kinky House

Serenity Everton, also on twitter as @asparkle2 has kindly written a very nice piece about my M/F spanking story, The Taming of Miss Munroe.  She also has a very on-point analysis of why Miss Munroe has a blighted one star rating, not the sort of thing authors generally like to mention in polite company. Fortunately I have very little shame in these matters, which is why I have not pulled my books off Amazon and retired to a hole to hang my head and eat mud.

Serenity writes:

As a case in point, The Taming of Miss Munroe by Loki Renard is a classic example. This well-written story is spanking fiction. Not erotica. Not precisely historical romance, either.  Sex does not take center stage, or left or right stage. And yet Amazon has unfortunately relegated it to these broadly defined categories, so that careless buyers who were expecting something more, um, explicit are disappointed. Likewise, readers expecting something more innocent are shocked.

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Comments

Mindy

Serenity is spot on. It would be good if Amazon can expand their classification and review how recommendations (as based on one’s purchases) are made. Of course, buyers who do not pay attention to the book overview or author biography have only themselves to blame when their expectations are not met.

By the way, Loki, I read Finn the Devourer after Dev posted his review on it. I thoroughly enjoyed it though I normally don’t go for vampire stories.

Loki

Thanks Mindy! I agree that Serenity is very much on the money here. It would be better if Amazon realized that there could be things like spanking without erotica, then again, there are some spankos who would probably argue that point. Parts of Miss Munroe would certainly cause titillation in the spanko mind, but to an impartial observer, I can imagine the tale seeming strange and rather pointless.

Thanks for your support, I’m so glad you enjoyed Finn!

Newt

I posted this comment at Serenity’s place as well- That I wholeheartedly agree. The privacy issues are indeed why I don’t leave detailed reviews on Amazon. Also I find their tags to be misleading in this category as well as others. So I have sussed out other retailers for ebooks once I find a Author I enjoy. LuLu, Blushing books etc. Really, book sites where its obvious what I am purchasing.( spanky stories with sprinkles and without, LOL) However, that said, I am also not tied to a Kindle for my reading. I prefer my phone or laptop as well.

I really felt like The Taming of Miss Munroe conjured feelings along the lines of when a really good friend( at least my really good friend) gets into his glasses and in the spirit of naughtiness, recounts a fabulously delicious piece of storied gossip. In this case about a few folks that had meet their match in each other. Your James is a bit of a provocateur isn’t he? If you are of the pure spanky bent, I cannot see why this would not appeal. It tantalizes yet leaves something for the imagination.

Loki

Hey Newt :) I agree, Amazon really have left the market open for smaller purveyors of specialized fiction because although they’ve been given a lot of credit for making ‘long tail’ income work (selling lots of niche fiction) they’re really rubbish at categorizing it.

Most strangely, they allow you to set categories for your work when you submit it, but then they don’t display them anywhere and seem to ignore them blithely, it really is very strange indeed.

I have to admit, I am very fond of the old drunkard that is the narrator of Miss Munroe and I had a great deal of fun writing that story, which was inspired by reading far too much Sherlock Holmes.

Newt

If only Ole Sherlock had been a titch spanky. Lol. I meant to write Jones (Provocateur) not James. OOps.

sparrow

I have both an Amazon Kindle and a B&N Nook. Barnes & Noble have the option to post reviews under one’s own name, an alias, or as anonymous. Amazon, as you pointed out, does not. So, I sent an email to Amazon and requested the same options for identity privacy as are offered by B&N.

I also pointed out the need to do a better job of genre identification, separating lesbian from gay, and not lumping all lesbian, gay, fetish, kink, erotica, and outright porn under the same search criteria.

I then suggested they review their reviews before posting, in order to sort out true critiques from disgruntled customer rants, which do a disservice to the consumer and the author. B&N state quite clearly what is considered the criteria for a review.

Amazon responded with an email thanking me for the suggestions as they are always trying to improve their customer service . It smacked loudly of “form letter”. They said nothing about actually addressing the issues.

Maybe they will actually do something about it if they get a sufficient number of complaints. Personally, I view it as blatant discrimination.

Loki

Good on you for taking a proactive stance! It’s a pity Amazon have decided to be basically non-responsive on the issue. They may very well have simply grown too big to care, we will see.

There’s no way they’re going to review reviews before posting, that would cost them a lot of money. You can flag reviews that are abusive or vicious, and you can also rate them as being unhelpful, but that doesn’t seem to do very much.

It would be nice to simply take business elsewhere, but Barnes and Noble have no international interface for putting up ebooks and Amazon are still the biggest in the game, so I suppose for the moment, we’ll have to lay our complaints and bide our time.

sparrow

I’ll bide. But when I spot one of these disgruntled consumer ravers, I do enjoy kicking them in the Comments!