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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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Hotel rooms and airports

There’s this story I heard a few days ago, that goes like this:

Q: How do you know that a stand-up comedian is being too successful?
A: All of their new jokes suddenly are about hotel rooms, airports and comedy venues.

The risk of success is, you start working on your successful routine and you lose touch with everything else. Staying in touch with what’s out there, with everyday life, with people and events and ideas is absolutely indispensable to keep having fresh ideas.

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BUSCAFUSCO is Alive!

BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games is finally available on Amazon!

In the end it was a problem of file coding, or so the kindly gnomes at Amazn KDP told me. So I reloaded the file – this time as a rough RTF, and in about 36 hours the ebook has gone live.

So, if you are curious about the ebook that Amazon did not want you to read… well, now you can read it.

ADDENDUM:  with the release of the ebook on Amazon, the special promotion on Gumroad has ended. Thank you to all of those that used it.


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The Content Guidelines

I’ve been asked to post the contents guidelines from Amazon so that you get an idea and maybe will be able to tell me what’s wrong in BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games.
This is indeed an interesting read, I guess, because after all it has to do with my writing life. 

The actual document is pretty large, but what’s pertinent is – I think – the following, that goes under the Offensive & Controversial category:

Violence, Intolerance, and Hate

  • Products that contain violent or offensive material that has no historical significance. Amazon reserves the right to make a determination on the historical value of the item.
  • Products that promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group. This includes products that contain violent or offensive material that has no historical significance. Amazon reserves the right to make a determination on the historical value of the item.
  • Products that promote or glorify suicide
  • Products related to terrorist organizations
  • Products that promote or glorify people that have been found guilty of violent or sexual crimes.

Intolerance

  • Products that promote intolerance based on race, religion, and sexual orientation.
  • Products that contain racially derogatory language

Human Tragedies and Disasters

  • Products related to human tragedies and natural disasters

Child Abuse and Exploitation

  • Products that depict child abuse/exploitation
  • Products intended for use by children that contains adult content, profanity and/or sexual references
  • Products depicting children or characters resembling children in a sexually suggestive manner
  • Products marketed to or targeted at kids or teenagers that are age-inappropriate

And really, I can’t say there’s anything like that in my Buscafusco stories. Granted, this new story marks the first appearance of the Chinese Triads, but there is no racist content I can think of. I purposefully avoided derogatory terms, despite the fact that one of the characters is the sort that would use them. Because only a fool chooses to risk and offend his readers on a matter of authenticity.

Anyway, we are still here waiting.
The plot thickens.


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Blocked!

Well, this is a first. BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games has been blocked by the KDP Guardians, for reasons undisclosed. I asked around, and apparently this is the standard: they block your book, and they do not tell you why. Hell, they don’t even send you a mail. You have to check the KDP dashboard (something that, admittedly, you do every two hours when your book is overdue), and find out the book’s been blocked.

So now I’ve sent a mail asking Amazon for explanations. Based on what I’ve been told by friends that have been there already, I’ll probably get an automated response along the lines “your content violated our guidelines”, with a copy of the guidelines. As a friend said…

“They basically tell you to ask yourself a question and give yourself an answer.”

Now here I am, waiting, but in the meanwhile: if you are one of the hardy souls that got my ebook through Gumroad, and if you have been through it already, would you please let me know if you found something that justifies the block?
Thank you.

Also, if you want to check out the Book Amazon Doesn’t Want You To Read, please go to this link. You’ll get a 1 Euro discount on the cover price.


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The oompa loompas are on strike

The KDP version of the latest BUSCAFUSCO ebook is taking forever to filter through the Amazon validation system. Is something wrong?
Is the fact that in this adventure Buscafusco tackles the Chinese Triads and the Italian Copyright regulation authority part of the problem?
Is the reference to the dark web and gambling?
Are there nipples or other banned elements hidden somewhere in the book, of which I am unaware of?

The mystery remains. It’s good to see that after these many years, Amazon keeps screwing up my accurately plotted launches.
If you really need a fix of BUSCAFUSCO and you can’t wait for the oompa loompas to drag their backsides to work and do their job, you can of course go to Gumroad, following the links you find HERE.

Thank you for your patience.


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BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games

While the Amazon oompa loompas do their job, Fun & Games, the third novelette in the BUSCAFUSCO series is up on Gumroad, in pdf, epub and mobi format, DRM-free. heck it out.

Useless to say, my Patrons in the Five Bucks Brigade get it at a discounted price, and my upper tier patrons already got their free copies. 
Because it is good to be my Patrons.

ADDENDUM: both Women & Children and Ghosts & Shadows, the first two BUSCAFUSCO adventures, are now available through Gumroad as pdf, mobi and epub, DRM-free files.


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Spring & BUSCAFUSCO

I am currently about 5000 words into the new BUSCAFUSCO novella, called Fun & Games. The ideas for the new cases had been laying in the back of my mind for months, and I needed a vacation. I plan to have the story finished soon-ish, other engagements permitting.

Writing to calls from publishers is fun and it’s – hopefully – profitable, but sometimes the constraints are too tight. It’s good to open a file and just let the ideas and dialogues pour out, let well-established characters do their thing, take life and run away with the story. And BUSCAFUSCO’s is one of my favorite in this sense. There is a simple formula, there is a cast of characters I am familiar with and I like to write about, there is the Belbo Valley as a venue, an inexhaustible source of strange ideas and weird crimes.

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