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Banned Books! Let’s see if this post will get banned.

WARNING!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Reality check:

  • 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.

Alone on the American Airwaves

E. Taylor

On July 13, 2017, I was the featured guest on a West coast syndicated radio show. I thought I was there to talk about my book with the host, but a technical problem would create an unforgettable moment which I really cannot remember.

I was originally scheduled to be on this show on May 4th, but due to unforeseen circumstances for the hosts, we had to reschedule. I had prepared notes for the show at that time, including some amusing Star Wars Day themed quips. but it was not to be.

I did little to prepare for the show the second time around, thinking that it would only increase my nervousness about  being on a nationally syndicated radio program. All the show notes, made back in May, lay in a pile on my desk. I told myself it would all come back to me once I settled into the conversation with the host.

Just prior to the show, the co-host called to do a sound check and to clue me in as to how the show would unfold. The producer would call a few minutes before the show was scheduled to begin. There would be a preamble from the host, my intro, and then the interview with a break at the bottom of the hour. Her accent was intoxicating, causing me to pay more attention to how she sounded than what she was saying.

The butterflies began when the producer called and placed me on hold. In my head I was saying to myself: Relax, be yourself, and try not to sound like a moron.

The show began pretty much as anticipated. However, I definitely felt as though the host was most interested in the more controversial “irreverent” passages from my book. I had hoped we would be discussing the more serious underlying themes of: awareness, equality, education, parenting, behaviors etc. but this was his show, and I had to play by his rules.

We authors are sensitive and can become defensive when we perceive criticism of our hard work or character. I was glad for the break; a chance to breathe and compose myself for round two. I was counted in and awaited something from my host.

There was dead air.

The producer came on the line; hurriedly he said: “We have lost their feed, JUST KEEP TALKING.” So much for the aforementioned composure. My mouth went dry. My mind raced. I was struggling to find a coherent thought when I realized my mouth was already speaking words.

I think I opened with: “Hello America”, then said something about the technical problem, something about my book, and something flattering about the host.

I have NO IDEA what I said.

My brain had turned to mush and my mouth was on auto-pilot. I was just able to perceive that noises were emanating from my mouth. I hoped they were intelligible, and not just grunts, squeals, and moans. This state lasted until the feed to the host station was restored and I again heard the host’s voice. It seemed like forever, but it was probably just a few minutes that I was left alone on the American airwaves.

Next time, I will read my show notes.

The edited show for rebroadcast & YouTube does not tell this story in its entirety, but you will get some sense of it when you listen.

Second Time’s the Charm.

We are trying this again.

E. Taylor

Next Thursday July 13 at 1:00 P.M. Pacific time, E. A. Barker will be Eldon Taylor’s guest for one full hour of what is sure to be a very interesting conversation. They will talk about E. A.’s book Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! which could easily lead them into discussing life, relationships, parenting, education, philosophy, society and more.

This will be interesting.

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