Amazon – Publish or not?

My heart and head are in a quandary this morning. I published my second book this month and after a 4 day promo on amazon I gave away 80 copies. Some would say that is wonderful. I am excited because it shows on my stat sheet and it is being read to completion. Here is where I am at odds with it all. First, I am not making a dime on the giveaway, which is fine, but Amazon will not give me the feedback. Yes, I know it is being left for me because a few of the readers have told me they left it.

I’ve contacted Amazon, and after being sent to one person after another (actually 8), I gave up. No one on the site can tell me why this has happened to me. So I did my research. I made a different Amazon account and purchased my book. Yes, I paid for my book. When I tried to leave a feedback test, Amazon told me unless I spend 50.00, I may not review any item. Why? How can that be allowed if I spent cash to buy this item? So, I have 2 feedback reviews on a book that is the hands of 80 people. Does this seem fair? It doesn’t to me when the only way I can advance is to have feedback left.

So, do I publish? Why? No one will read it. I am very distraught because I have a book almost complete and it’s good. Real good. I honestly have thought about giving up and stopping writing all together. I love the words, but it’s sad that I can’t be seen. I once told someone I was a nobody, and now I feel more like one than ever.

Has anyone else ever had this issue? I don’t even know where to turn because Amazon doesn’t help their writers.