It seems my latest book, due out in October, has been deemed too racy by my publisher’s usual ebook converter. Really. Their project rejection letter came back in under 2 minutes. They must have looked at the cover, read the title, and thought NO!!! and hit the delete button.
The converters in questions shall remain nameless because they are excellent folks and do excellent work. And I would highly recommend them to anyone for any sort of project. Also, I respect that this is a job people are opting not to take, probably for moral reasons. So, it’s ok. It just strikes me as funny.
Why is America so okay with the most horrific violence, but so not ok with couples being appropriately intimate? I would rather read about people having sex than say . . . the first couple of violent chapters of most horror novels. I’m talking to you Stephen King.
I’d have been less surprised by the rejection if it was something other than a little consensual straight-up heterosexual sex between two non-religious, unmarried persons, but it wasn’t. I don’t think my book is pornography. There’s nothing gratuitous about the sex in it. It’s a couple of people behaving pretty normally — at least, in my opinion.
Given the rejection letter came back so quickly, we don’t imagine they actually stopped and read any of it. Which is somewhat disappointing. They might have changed their minds if they’d actually read some of it.
Oh well. What’s the point of writing a book if no one wants to ban it? It’s an honor really.
I guess my publisher will look for another ebook converter or ask the in-house designer to do it. I expect someone wants the work especially in this economy.
I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come though. It’d be terribly disappointing if Amazon or Barnes & Noble refused to carry it — even in print form. Or if the publisher’s printer/distributor refused even to print and distribute it on moral grounds.
I shall post the cover at a later date. You were warned!