It probably will only stay there for an hour or so, but meanwhile my little story not just hit a German language category bestseller list (not the first time that’s happened either), it also found itself just above the delightfully titled Fickt Euch Alle (Go fuck yourselves, all of you), a short fiction anthology edited by Susann Klossek.
Luckily for Ms. Klossek and her cowriters, the Amazon bots don’t speak German, for we’ve been receiving reports of late that Amazon is marking any indie title that sounds even remotely risqué is “adult” and filtering it from the general search results. Which is troubling in itself, for while no one has any issues with allowing users to filter adult titles out of their search results if they wish, the way in which Amazon is doing it is highly problematic. Allowing users to toggle an “include adult products” button on and off like Smashwords and Google do would be much more helpful.
As far as I can tell, Fickt Euch Alle is not erotica at all BTW, but an anthology of bizarro fiction. However, the adult filter at Amazon.com has also hit plenty of regular romances alongside genuinely erotic titles.