Censorship at Home

Romance Author

Censorship at Home

I get it… sometimes, people make noise and it can offend others in one way or another, but that is what’s great about the United States or at least it was up until recently.

Let me explain…

This may not mean much to most of you, but it really struck a nerve with me.  I have been publishing for almost two years now and really found a passion for writing.  It took a while, but I came to grips with telling unique stories that were not just filled with steamy sex, but that actually told a story.  After a few bumps in the road and some research, I found a style that was very unique and one that I was proud of.

As I continued to write, the story plots and character development became more prominent and the erotic scenes were not the dominant force in my work.  I really got into telling a story instead of just writing about sex.  Over the last 6 months, I had been working on a book series that hit home and the first book was to be published this week, but someone had other plans.

Amazon, killed my book in paperback, strangely enough, it was approved in eBook form.  Amazon initially indicated it was blocked or rejected because it violated the Amazon KDP terms.  I clicked the link they sent me and found that there were only two basic terms they had… no porn and no offensive content.

Now, as an erotic storyteller, on the surface, everything I have written could pornographic and offensive, it really depends on the reader.  That is what the categories and description of the piece should take care of for the casual “window shopper.”  Only now I was telling a different story.  One that had a little more meaning… to me.  Was there sex… sure, but that is not what I was talking about.

Without giving away the plot of the story, I wrote about a kid who grew up being bullied and assaulted because he was different, and who made a choice to close a chapter in his life and start a new one.  Is it pornographic?  Is it offensive? I guess it depends on who reads it.

My previous book “Understanding Steve” dealt with a similar subject where a character commits suicide because of the anxiety of finding one’s true self.  My latest book “Victim’s Revenge: Missing in Plain Sight” deals with bullying and sexual assault… both “trending” topics in today’s social arena.  Tack on aspects of gender identity, the transgendered community and other aspects of LGBTQ and now we have a piece of FICTIONAL literature that no one (or at least one group) feels should be published.

It is not like I don’t have options.  I can choose to move the book to another publisher or simply give it away, but I found it insulting that it was rejected for those reasons when I can turn on the news, pick up a newspaper (online of course) and read about unspeakable things being done to others who have been subject to these topics… AND THOSE A TRUE LIFE SITUATIONS, my book is a work of FICTION.

I would love to hear your thoughts.


6 Responses

  1. CJ says:

    I have a hardback book on Amazon right now that collects five different novellas chock-full of unmistakably offensive porn. (I mean, they’re also my stories and I lurrrve them, but they’re quite deliberately in the register of porn and they treat of some fairly dark kinks.) It basically seems to be dependent on the judgement of whatever rando at Amazon runs across your content.

  2. Julie says:

    Not really sure how I feel about this. I love reading your stuff, but at the same time I am torn by the subject matter sometimes. In this case, I am on your side. I was fortunate to read the book before it went to publishing and yes it did have some disturbing scenes, but it is fiction and if you read the entire piece you will find the story actually has a message.

  3. PantyCD says:

    Personally I don’t care one way or the other. if you are that concerned about having your books turned away, why not provide them directly on your web site?

  4. hannah says:

    I agree with PantyCD, free is always good.

  5. SRSDoc says:

    I saw the responses on twitter and agree. I think any publisher you use is going to be hit and miss and based on the reviewer. I wish you the best of luck.

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