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This book is under the same pen name as 5 other books I have published. It's also part of a series, and all the other books were accepted without question.
I emailed them back with a screenshot of the contract and conversation between the ghost writer and myself, alongside the legal agreement from Upwork's website.
I also asked if they could elaborate as I wasn't aware that I had done anything wrong and wouldn't want to make the same mistake again if I had accidentally broken their terms in some way, which I don't think I did.
Their reply was:
"We've reviewed the information you provided and have determined that we will not be making the book(s) available for sale on Amazon at this time because we are not confident you own the exclusive publishing rights to the entire content of your book.
Please feel free to reply to this message if you have any questions."
I then replied to them to try and learn more. I asked if this issue was they felt the contents of the book was copied from somewhere by the ghost writer or if they believe I as a publisher had stolen it from somewhere.
Their response was very blunt with further information.
"After further review, we've decided to uphold our previous decision and won't be making the book(s) available for sale on Amazon.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter and apologize for any inconvenience."
Has anyone experienced this or have any advice to move forwards?
I paid a ghost writer to create an original book for me to which I then own all of the rights.