Disclaimer: I lied about my age.
Here it goes. The subject I have wanted to write about but have been too afraid to ruffle feathers and ‘alienate’ myself from possible readers. I’m still afraid of that actually, but I can no longer keep my mouth shut. *Unzips mouth and puts on big girl undies*
I am a little bit sickened by all of the sex that is in Indie Books.
There, I said it. GASP….she said it. She said it out loud.
What is the number one compliment that I get from my book? It’s not my sexy, steamy love scenes?! No, it’s this: ‘I loved this book because I can actually give it to my daughter.’
Before I go on with this rant I would like to say that I don’t think that my book is better because it doesn’t describe the actual act of sex. I definitely don’t think that. Not even a little. Nope. There are some books that I like that have sex in it. I admit I feel squirmy and giggle like a little girl and blush furiously behind my e-reader. Those books are far and few between though and they have to be excellent books to win me over despite the fact that is has something so personal in it. And they never have anything to terribly descriptive in it.
I just get worried about the kids out there that love reading and see a werewolf book and they think “awesome…its only 2.99.”
Then BAM. Uterus punch. Also, what’s with men saying ‘I wanna f*ck you.’ And this is what we want twelve year old girls to think is romantic? HECK, I’m twenty eight and I don’t think its romantic. If a guy said that to me I would A) call my husband and that would deal with that, or B) Throw up on his expensive loafers and probably punch his face, the poor sap would get blood on his cardi.
When I was writing My Stupid Girl I thought that I was pushing the limits by talking about Physical and Sexual abuse, adoption, alcohol, virginity and religion. I thought people won’t want to read it because it has so much in it. And yes, actually there is a lot of sex talk, however I would hope that it shows the importance of it and how you don’t just throw yourself around. Cuz ladies, let me tell you something. Guys don’t actually like that. They like ‘it’ but not you. End true fact face punch.
I know there is a market for sex. A big market. 50 shades has sold more than Harry Potter. Just think about that. Think about it. Are you thinking about that? I have, and it makes me sad.
Ok, so I’ve probably offended you because you might have sex in your book and I know that you are required to put the no one under 17 can read this due to adult materials, blah blah blah. This is fine. People buy your books and that’s awesome. But what I’m not getting is why it seems like it's in EVERYSINGLEONE. I swear I have returned about four books in the last two months because there was sex JUST because indie books are supposed to have sex. There was no reason for it; it was there to sell books.
I agree with you that this is a personal feeling and that I am completely pushing them on you. I apologize for that. I feel like an Indie author who is becoming increasingly frustrated with Indie books. Where is the depth, the soul, the desire to reach out and grab someones attention and shake them and make them THINK?
Okay, I expect to have thirty less followers by the end of the day. Such is life.