For the past week, my latest Short Story Book "Go You Or I" has been suspended by Amazon Advertising because "The title contains a profanity". Huh????? "Go You Or I" ?????
The title is from the song, "There but for fortune, go you or I". (Sung by Joan Baez; written by Phil Ochs).
According to Suzanne Nixon, B.S. English & Professional Writing, New York Institute of Technology, 'It’s similar in meaning to, “Whew! That was a close one!” '
The book is a collection short stories about people who find themselves in all sorts of situations and predicaments - so the title fits fine.
But Amazon Advertising consider the title to be... PROFANE
Profane, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary is:
1: not concerned with religion or religious purposes : SECULAR
2: not holy because unconsecrated, impure, or defiled : UNSANCTIFIED
4a: not being among the initiated b: not possessing esoteric or expert knowledge
The book has been sitting on my digital Amazon bookshelf for several months, APPROVED by Amazon, and IT IS STILL FOR SALE ON AMAZON, but they have suspended any advertising of it!
So much for the smooth launch-week of a new title.
Amazon Advertising keep asking for more time to "research the matter". Duh.