THIS POST CONTAINS PROFANITY WHICH HOPEFULLY OFFENDS SOME LOSERS!
It’s really about WHO is doing the banning.
In the land of Auth, we spend too much of our time on social media instead of writing or editing which would better serve our readers. That being said, every once in a while something truly interesting blows up in our news-feeds and this is my take on the latest of those.
K Webster’s: The Wild has made a big noise of late because (if I have my third party facts straight) Amazon and now apparently Smashwords have refused to sell her latest book due its content. It should be noted, I do not read most of the genres that my social media “friends” write in. My information has come from a couple of blogger friends whose opinions I trust, even though I challenge those opinions when they get too far from center.
Here is what I have found out about Ms. Webster:
- She is an above average writer who, apparently, is a very nice person.
- She writes “romance” a.k.a. “mommy porn”.
- Her facebook author page actually says she writes “reckless romance”.
I think it is this recklessness that created the shit storm which neither she nor her book rightly deserve.
On the upside, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.”
So WHY did this seemingly nice lady do this?
The 99.97% of humans who have never written a book, and who never will, cannot possibly understand what it feels like to complete a work which has taken months or even years to finish. We are absolutely elated. I can best describe it as the feeling you have after great sex, only it is your brain that had the orgasm and not your body. The afterglow lasts for weeks instead of minutes and I swear it is a hormonal response, but I have zero supporting science to back this theory up. Our brain had a baby and our hormones are all messed up.
Postpartum Elation excuses aside, (I own this. © 2017 :D) Ms. Webster made some mistakes:
- She either did not use alpha-readers in her process; or she chose unqualified fans as alphas; or she ignored warnings that should have come from them about the “taboo” aspects of the book.
- Her editor, if she used one, should have reeled her in, just as mine did when I thought it was okay to publish thirty pages of explicit sexual content in my non-fiction book.
- Her proofreader, or betas reading the galley, should have questioned the content and pushed for the use of a crystal clear reader advisory.
If she left all of the above out of her process, then she learned her lesson the hard way.
Good writing is an intellectual exercise. Great writing adds in an emotional investment component from the writer to the intellectual exercise.
- Great writers go off the rails while writing passionately, and this is why the publishing world employs editors.
- Great writers want to push beyond the boundaries of their previous books, and again, this is why the publishing world employs editors.
It is entirely possible that K Webster is a great writer who, at the same time, is also an irresponsible publisher.
This brings us to my opinion of what I have seen on social media:
- K Webster can write whatever the fuck she wants, and I will defend her right to do so with my fucking life, if need be.
- Book publishers, distributors, and retailers can carry whatever the fuck they want, and I will defend their right to CHOOSE with my fucking life, if need be.
- Writing about a “taboo” subject is not an endorsement of that behavior, nor does it imply that the author engages in said activities—you fucking piece of shit book burners.
- REAL STATISTICAL STUDIES SHOW that abnormal behavior is not caused by reading. It is far more likely to occur in those who do not read and who have a history of abuse themselves, Get your fucking head out of your fucking ass and LEARN before you voice a fucking opinion.
- Publishers and self-publishers like K, have a responsibility to inform prospective readers about ANY content which depict characters engaged in activities “outside of societal norms” or which could trigger a negative psychological event in a PTSD sufferer. If we do not regulate ourselves, you can bet your asses we will have moronic government fucks thrust this upon us, and they will go straight for our covers.
My PG13 (ish) book has the following on the website:
About the intended reader and a caution:
Ms. Creant was written by a man, from a man’s perspective, for men, and those soon to become men. Yes, many women have embraced the book as well, but it is doubtful any young female teenagers are likely to be handed a copy. It is difficult to state the exact age a young man should begin to explore the realities which lay ahead for him, so my first thought was to say age thirteen—the sooner the better. HOWEVER, I recommend we err on the side of caution. The book contains adult situations and sarcasm that the youngest readers may not comprehend without adult guidance to give them some clarification. This could cause an important message to be lost on them, or worse, they may embrace the poor behaviors illustrated. There are both young men and boys in the age range between thirteen and fifteen with significant variations in maturity levels found throughout the group. We can safely state that a young man is ready for Ms. Creant when he has experienced any of the following life events:
- He has a poor attitude towards school.
- He has been rejected by a girl.
- He has a girlfriend.
- He has had his first sexual encounter.
- He has had his first heartbreak.
- He has been caught with alcohol or drugs.
- Amazon and Smashwords CHOSE not to sell her book. This is a risk every writer takes when they venture too far from what society deems to be acceptable behavior.
- To see some of America’s REAL banned books, visit: The Week for an article by Lauren Hansen and Theunis Bates. This is truly disturbing.
- Censorship is not a giant corporate entity doing what they feel is best for their business.
- No one is telling her she cannot sell her book. They are merely saying they will not sell it.
- No storm troopers came to her door to confiscate her books.
- Did she cause outrage? You bet.
- Will she benefit from all this negative publicity? Probably, if she sells copies from her own website or out of the trunk of her car.
- Was this a staged publicity event? From what I hear, she doesn’t seem the type.