I just encountered a disturbing issue. When I get ready to publish a new short story or novel, I look for other releases on Amazon with the same title.
As I was doing so, I came across a writer who had posted a short story with a similar name. I noted the publication date was four years old. The author had published four short stories and a compilation of them in one book. As they were only twenty or less pages each and were marked for sale at $3.99 to $4.99 with the group at $5.99, I do believe they were selling at that price for they were ranked 650,000 and into the 900,000’s.
My issue is that this just clogs the search for titles on Amazon. I wonder if Amazon could institute a policy where if a book showed no action in over three or four years (either by the author or the public) a renewal would be required to keep it on line. It might clear the deadwood out so authors trying to get noticed might have a shot.
If anyone knows how to suggest this to Amazon, please let me know, I would help spread the word.