I'm a fixer. Always have been, probably always will be. When there's a problem, I want to fix it. As with many things, I'm not able to fix the entire problem by myself.
WordPress pulled blogs. Facebook pulled BDSM pages. Amazon pulled self-published erotica. I am one woman, and I can't fix those things - as much as I would like to.
But I will do what I can. I will blog about the censorship. I'll tweet about how much I disagree. I'll bring the information to my audience. Those are the things I can do.
Knock on wood, I was one of the lucky author's who didn't have their books pulled by Amazon - yet. I say yet because in my mind, once a company realizes they can, they will anytime they want. Because of what's being targeted - anything that even appears to dip its toe into incest, bestiality, or underage anything - I'm having to re-think the title of my next book. I was going to name my next book "The Adventures of Sir and Babygirl" but now I'm afraid to use the word "babygirl" which happens to be the main characters name. That's a big thing to consider changing.
The only thing that helped me sleep the other night once I realized what was happening was to find a way to fix this problem for myself and hopefully others.
When WordPress yanked blogs, I self-hosted. If Amazon is going to yank titles, I'll look at other alternatives. Smashwords hasn't been mentioned too much in the erotica craziness of late. So let's start there.
To bring more attention to Smashwords - and because I hate censorship - I'm offering The Big Game for free on Smashwords from now until probably forever. Yes, you can still get a copy for your Kindle. I'm going to format The Visitor for Smashwords once I can get out of the "special" Amazon program called KDP Select that I enrolled in (/sigh) and upload that title there, as well - and it will also be free.
As writers and readers, we need to show love to the businesses and companies who aren't censoring the hell out of us. As long as I comply with a company's stated terms and conditions, and I don't write about anything illegal, leave me the hell alone.
Get your copy - click here!
And help me spread the word. Maybe Smashwords requires a couple of extra steps, but we need to support those who support us. And even if they don't "support" us, they leave us the hell alone, and I'm ok with that, too!