Good morning, and thanks for visiting my blog. I wanted to share some news. I know people have noticed that I’m not on Facebook anymore, and today I received confirmation that Facebook has permanently disabled my Amelia Smarts account.
First, Facebook challenged me to prove that Amelia Smarts is an authentic name. I went through all the steps to authenticate the name and succeeded using RWA PAN membership and royalty statements, but after I did all that, Facebook decided to ban me anyway for violating community standards because of images I posted. What was supposed to be a seven-day ban turned into a lifetime ban. So, learn from my mistake: Don’t post spanking pics!
I don’t have the option to appeal, and it doesn’t look like I can fool my way back in, like using “Amelia Smarts Author,” for instance. The Facebook bots picked up on it when I tried. I’m not sure where this leaves me. Right now I just feel sad, since I feel like I’ve lost a lot–a community of friends, a platform for sharing my books, and more. I’m not sure how well I can market my books without Facebook, so that kind of scares me, although I do know of some very successful authors in our community who don’t have Facebook profiles. If anyone has advice or a word of encouragement, I would greatly appreciate you reaching out. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
To everyone who reads my books, thank you! Since I’m no longer on Facebook, I hope you will follow my author page on Amazon to get updates when I have a new release, or of course you can keep in touch using this blog.
Spanks and kisses,
Update: Someone started a petition to get Amelia Smarts back into Facebook. So cool. Check it out!