If you haven’t heard about it, I suggest you read up here. All I can say is good grief and holy chokes on dick, Batman. Here’s the rub… it’s not just self published erotic romance. In fact, several of the authors at Evernight have had their books pulled too and I’ve heard from authors of other publishing companies the same is happening to their books. Now it’s about policing what you can name your books now as well. I’ve been spared this, perhaps because my book names aren’t super slutty (HAH! Obviously they aren’t reading them!) or they haven’t got around to my cunt punch yet. Regardless, it’s happening and we should all be lining up for a good old fashioned protest.
Look, I don’t want to see incest, teenaged graphic sex, or rape fantasies in any form. Hell, that dino erotica busting out disgusts the hell out of me. I have no problem with seeing that stuff nuked from orbit. The problem is, like the article linked above states, you’re not going to see VC Andrews’ Flower in the Attic pulled from the virtual shelves of Amazon or Kobo. I’d be surprised if it did…like “I’m coming Elizabeth!” surprised. I bet most people know what happened in that particular book without actually reading it.
I’ve seen too many sweeping generalizations lately and it’s starting to piss me off. Being a self published erotic romance doesn’t mean you’re dealing with taboo subjects. Trust me when I say there are publishers–none that I deal with, thank goodness–that will take and publish depraved shit and not bat an eyelash.
So why, I ask you, if they claim that it’s a self-publishing issue, are books being pulled that publishers–established publishers who agree to your terms–being pulled because they have something like “captive” in the title. I don’t get it and when it comes to corporations, I think for the most part they don’t care.
So, as readers, what can we do? Well, for one thing, There are more fish in the sea than Kobo, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. For example, check out All Romance eBooks or Bookstrand. It doesn’t matter what eReader you have, they have ANY format you want. Also, while I haven’t seen this happen personally or to anyone I know, I have heard rumors of books disappearing from Kindles when the book is deleted. Buy from another source instead of getting sucked in (and I do, believe me) to the one-click button of joy. One way we can stand up to this censorship is to go elsewhere for our naughty little nibbles. I encourage self publishing authors to seek out the sites I mentioned and get set up to sell there.
Here’s an interesting fact for you… My publisher–Evernight Publishing–always discounts new releases. So, you buy your books, at a discount, and safely tuck them on your computer to load to your eReader at your leisure. It’s really that easy. Ever copy a file to a thumbstick? It’s that simple. Another direct from publisher site is Breathless Press. They have a program titled “Friends with Benefits” you might want to check out. So, for example, if you wanted to get something for your Kindle, you’d download a .mobi or .prc file.
Just google the publisher of the book you want from your favorite romance writer and go from there. And spread the word about your direct from the publisher places. Maybe it will make a dent, maybe it won’t. Either way, I think I’ll be giving gift certificates from my publisher for any future blog tours.