The new Amazon forum “Meet Our Authors” is definitely for real. Several of the old self promotion threads have already been moved over there. I am waiting for an answer from Amazon to find out if the thread I host – “Books Unmolded: crossing genres, breaking cookie-cutters” – will be moved. I hope it won’t end up on the scrap heap; it offers a place where cross genre authors like me can meet and discuss their work.
It remains to be seen if readers will find their way to the new forum and actually “meet” authors. There is heated discussion on this subject, as well as anger over the change. Only time will tell how it all works out. I’m hoping for the best. As one author put it, we’re trying to make lemonade out of lemons.