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Sep 10, 2010 02:03AM

26989 Thanks, Jeanne. I just got paper copies of my novel the other day (published via CreateSpace) and in a couple more days I'll have real copies of my illustrated booklet "My Little Book of the Soul."

That's another self-publishing venture, not fiction but not quite fact, and I haven't really figured out how to market it yet.
Aug 05, 2010 04:08PM

26989 I agree with Sharon and Paul. Censorship is a Bad Thing. Always.

Stories need to be told. Just because a story has to be told doesn't mean you have to read it. And just because you don't want to read it doesn't mean it shouldn't be told.

I don't want to assume that someone who dislikes sex in novels feels that way because of religion, but those who do have religious concerns already have their own publishers and bookstores. And any good librarian can help you find the non-religious "clean" books, if that's what you want.

I can't imagine having to resort to Those Words to tell a story, erotic or otherwise. I would, however, put them into the mouth of a character who would use them naturally.
Aug 04, 2010 02:40PM

26989 The world has changed a lot since the books I loved in my childhood were written. Teenagers have every reason to want books that take place in the world they live in.

That said, I'm still very fond of the old stuff. I spent much of my childhood among the dusty old books upstairs in the neglected "junior" section of our small-town library. I don't think anything there was younger than I was, and most of the books were much older. I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books (up till about 1955, anyway) and all the classics, too. Albert Payson Terhune is still one of my favorite authors. No one supervised my reading there; the ceilings were a bit low for adults anyway.

So yes, I gladly promote "old books," but I know that not everyone wants to read them.
Aug 03, 2010 06:52PM

26989 Of course it's not wrong not to swear!

But —

What do you think of people who swear? Does it give you an impression, maybe, of what kind of people they are? Does it make you feel a certain way about them? That's why it's in the book. To make you feel just that way.

The author is trying to show you the world the character lives in. Sometimes it's not pretty. Sometimes the character is not all clean, or even good. Language is the only material the author has to paint this picture with.

That said, the YA literature I grew up with did not include swearing, and a lot of it still stands up today.
Aug 03, 2010 05:30PM

26989 I have a little problem with the "the parents must decide" attitude. For one thing, the average teenage bookworm has more time to read than his/her parents do, and can go through books a lot faster. Second, by that time, they know the values they've been taught, and their intuitive sense of justice and virtue is well-honed.

One reason to read fiction is to expand one's horizons, to see things from other points of view. Perhaps even to see why someone might make a different decision than you or your parents would make. Differing economic circumstances, religion and locations affect the way people will behave, and the teen years are the perfect time to read fiction about all kinds of people, even those you might consider "bad." No one ever became a thief because they read "Les Miserables."

Real-life teenagers have to deal with sexual situations for which parental platitudes are not adequate tools. If those situations in novels provide some ideas about how those can be dealt with, and the consequences that might ensue, so much the better. They're getting an education that their elders did not get.

I can understand why the words "hell" and "damn" are offensive to some religious people — and I would probably not have the protagonist of a novel marketed to younger teens talk that way, but most parents of those same teens do talk that way.

The world is not as it was when I was growing up, when even fiction for adults rarely had sexual content. A teenager wishing to avoid it today will probably have to read older books (before about 1980), or just avoid romance as a genre. I doubt you'll find much sex in mysteries or adventure stories, for example. Come to think of it, I don't remember reading much YA romance at all.
Jun 25, 2010 02:50AM

26989 'Through' for 'throw?' Yeah, that's an ouch.

My novel sat in a drawer for 15 years, so I had to scan it when it came out. The scanner couldn't tell a comma from a period, and it seems these days neither can I. A friend spotted a couple 'arid' for 'and' errors. Same problem. But I'm finding many of them by reading my book aloud to a tape recorder, and, although I doubt it'll ever be perfect, it will be much better.

15 years? Yep. One rejection slip: 15 years in a drawer. Gotta resist that impulse. Get them out there any way I can before somebody tells me I can't.
Jun 23, 2010 09:01PM

26989 Yes, my book is exactly the book I want it to be.

I published it myself on Smashwords last March, although I'm not sure more than two people have read it since. I do have one nice review, from a website called "The Pagan and the Pen."

However, reading it aloud, I'm discovering errors right and left. (Almost all are comma/period substitution typos.) This is after repeated proofing. And I used to work as a proofreader! That does nothing good for my confidence...I was convinced it was finished.

One of the "other" things I do is to manage an art gallery. Each month I watch another artist pour their heart and soul out onto the floor and wait to see who will stomp on it. Most people are considerate, but the fear is still there. That's where I am right now. Waiting to see whether I'll be trampled.
Jun 23, 2010 05:55PM

26989 Okay, okay! I admit it! I'm utterly lacking in confidence. I'm terrified my book isn't good enough, that it won't stand up to critical eyes.

But what else can I do? I can't give up on myself, can I?
Jun 22, 2010 07:10PM

26989 In most of my writing, the opening scene comes first, and the rest is pretty vague. I'm working on one that I carefully plotted, and it's just not coming. I'm on the verge of throwing out all my notes and starting over from the opening paragraphs.
Jun 22, 2010 05:28PM

26989 This is the first paragraph of my romantic suspense, The Serpent and the Stag.
The Serpent and the Stag by Julie Ann Maahs

The click of the latch shattered the silence. Sarah Williams glanced up from her mother’s still form. She had been sitting there for hours now, tugging her back toward life. Elizabeth was losing strength. Her last, desperate grip on life was slipping away. Sarah glared at the man who now entered the room.
Jun 21, 2010 05:27PM

26989 Timothy--
That's how Twain's audience felt, too. Mark Twain could fill theaters. He didn't read from his books, he gave lectures based loosely upon them. As I understand from the bits of his autobiography, lecturing is what he lived on. When money ran short, he would go on a lecture tour so he could pay the bills. He didn't like lecturing, but the audience loved him.
Jun 20, 2010 03:43PM

26989 IE=Internet Explorer.

Non-IE=everything else. Includes Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome.
Jun 19, 2010 11:29PM

26989 C., I looked at your webpage, and it doesn't work at all in Firefox. The pictures didn't show at all and the print was scattered all over the place. I had to switch to IE to see it. Even then, I had to scan right and left to read it all. You may want to make a separate version for non-IE browsers that don't understand "behaviors."

The book looks good; but I'd hate to see you lose readers because they can't make any sense of your website.
Jun 11, 2010 02:07PM

26989 So has mine....just wondering where that usage comes from.
Jun 10, 2010 11:22PM

26989 So maybe you can tell me: Who calls it Cali, anyway? I've lived for fifty years in California, and I've never heard it in person, but I've seen it all over the internet. Oh, I live in Sacramento, but I'm a native of Fort Bragg (Mendocino County).
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Jun 05, 2010 03:03PM

26989 Hmm...I fan people pretty regularly, but I will not put in a friend request to someone I do not know.
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Jun 04, 2010 10:37PM

26989 K.D, you might want to check that link. I can't make it work.
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Jun 04, 2010 03:39PM

26989 Hi! I found and "fanned" your page, but the link is defective...you got the comma included in the link.

Looks like we're in the same genre.
May 27, 2010 12:25PM

26989 Greg wrote: "I have a new website,...

Hmm...the title is misspelled, right above the book. Beyond that, I like it.
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May 21, 2010 05:00PM

26989 Hi! I love seeing that there are people here who are actually successful. It gives the rest of us some hope. :)
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