I decided to go ahead and publish The Lucky One since my other story Game Changer has been set to be published by Grave Demand Publishing. More on that later but, yay! Anyway, The Lucky One is not yet available on Amazon but should be in about 12 hours or so. Till then, I have it on Smashwords so you can get it here if you’d like. I decided to make them all $.99 because why have them free on one place and paid for on Amazon? Anyway, here is the cover art. This was done by us here at Karsun Designs. It was a photo taken by Rich and I decided to use it for the story.
It looks as if censorship is alive and well right now. Many people on Smashwords got an email about their books being banned on there or that they would need to take them down if they contained certain elements. These elements are: rape, bestiality, necrophilia, and incest. This is because PayPal decided that they did not want to be involved with these types of themes and as the payment processor for Smashwords, it was complied with.
I don’t believe in censorship. One of my short stories has very adult themes and utilizes a couple of the banned elements. Since it is free, my story remains on Smashwords and since Amazon doesn’t use PayPal, I’m fine there. However, why should I have to censor myself and what I write? Why should PayPal decide what is or isn’t reprehensible behavior in fiction? The key word here is fiction. Should we also ban books on serial killers? I mean, that is definitely an illegal act as well and just as reprehensible.
What is amusing is that my only bad review so far is from someone that read my story and thought the language and plot choice was atrocious and without conscience. However, that is someone’s opinion. I have no desire to read romance novels but does that mean they should be banned?
I feel awful for those that have had their books banned and I can only hope that they have another avenue to showcase their work such as Amazon, where there isn’t an issue about censorship at the present.
I really need some sleep but while I’m up I might as well do something constructive. I had decided to Google myself and found the other places I have my short stories listed such as iTunes, Diesel and Barnes&Noble. What I found though was a bad review on B&N.
I have my stories listed on Smashwords and on there it lists Peaceable Kingdom as an adult story. What I did not realize is that it would not list it that way on the other places it is sold. So what happened was that someone read it for free on their Nook and was offended. Offended enough to leave a one star review and say that it had atrocious language and a sadistic plot choice.
Okay, so when I wrote it I had apprehension. I mean I use the C word for Pete’s sake! However, everything is pivotal to the plot and once a few people read it and liked it, I was less worried about the extreme adult nature. Oddly, my girl friends seem to like it better than the guy friends. I have no idea why that is either. It’s definitely something to think about though.
Anyway, that brings me to another post I’ll write later about my trepidation of using such an adult theme, C word and all. For now, I have added a disclaimer to the description on Amazon and Smashwords. That should fix any stray readers that were looking for a lighthearted story about a cute little rescue pug. 🙂