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Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp (cynthiasheppedits) | 221 comments Mod
Do you think that YA and NA books should have disclaimers and content warnings? I do. What are your thoughts?


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Courtney Nuckels | 6 comments I'm gonna say yes but my stance is pretty well known ;)


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Elle Casey (ElleCasey) | 3 comments I do. :) I use them because it helps cut down on unhappy reader experiences.


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Jon Messenger | 6 comments I don't know that I put much thought into it one way or another. That being said, I just started reading some YA books recently and was really surprised by the level of violence. I know the definition of "YA" is "the main character is under 18" but I figured that correlated with a content standard. I think a disclaimer in warranted.


Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp (cynthiasheppedits) | 221 comments Mod
Courtney wrote: "I'm gonna say yes but my stance is pretty well known ;)"

Courtney, why don't you explain a little bit about what Clean Teen Publishing does and hopes to accomplish? ;)


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Courtney Nuckels | 6 comments Sure! This whole thing started about a year or so ago. My son was turning 13 and had read just about every book in the middle age genre. I picked out a few books and was floored by the diversity of profanity, sex, violence etc.! I'm not the type of mom to shelter her kids, and I'm also not the type of mom that agrees with banning books. But I am the type of mom that got very tired of reading the book before giving it to her son before he'd devour it in less than a day and ask for more. I didn't have the time to do that! I thought to myself, why isn't there a rating system since these books are targeted to kids from 12-18. That is a vast age range! We're talking the difference between a 6th/7th grader and a senior in high school. I went to the library and asked the librarian if there was someone that is doing rating systems for the YA genre and she said, "Nope." I found a few blogs, Common Sense Media is one I use often, but no publishers were helping here. If they were it was a blanket age, like 13+. Well, I used to be a middle school teacher and I know that there is a vast difference between one 13-year-old and another! So I went to my co-author and told her what I wanted to do. I knew we'd be the little men on the totem pole but we are a determined bunch. It was then that we established Clean Teen Publishing. We created an amazing team that consists of everything you'd need to be published. Our team is top notch and works tirelessly for its authors. We put 'content disclosure' ratings on all our books that work on a five-point scale. We have three different YA ratings: YAe (for everyone), YA and YAm (for a mature audience). Everything is mathematical and not manipulated by someone's feelings, thoughts, or religious prejudices. We just want people to know what they're about to read before reading it.--To have the information at their disposal. It's as simple as that. We worked for a long time to develop our system. Here's the web-link that tells you how it works in more detail. We also offer the service to authors who don't necessarily need a publisher. We will provide them with a content rating, image, webpage listing etc. Let me know if y'all have other questions. I'm passionate about what I'm doing and would love to talk about it :)

http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/co...


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Courtney Nuckels | 6 comments Thanks Nathaniel!


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Magen McMinimy (magen_mcminimy) | 54 comments I completely agree, though I've read posts by well known authors who feel it is the parents responsibility. I don't have kids but if I did I would have a heck of a time reading everything they wanted to read before them. Most people who know me know I like the more adult themed books. That's not to say that there aren't a few YA books that I've fell in love with but 90% of what I read is not acceptable for people under 18 (in my opinion) On the author side of things I've written two YA books and it was difficult identifying the lines that couldn't or shouldn't be crossed. So I think a raring system is a great idea! I'm just not sure how it would work in the self-publishing world


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Stacie Morrell (staciemorrell) | 8 comments Music CDs have a content warning, I don't see why books couldn't too. It's not that we're banning them, it would just give the parents (or responsible teen readers) a chance to be better informed to make their reading choice.


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Megan Cashman (megan_cashman) | 10 comments I agree there should be warnings for not just YA books but all of them. Some adult books like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are too explicit for more mature readers.


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Irving Podolsky | 36 comments You mention New Adult. I'm not sure where that starts but isn't it over eighteen and more like twenty? No content warning needed for that age, in my opinion.

Then again, explicit violence should have a content warning for ALL ages!

Irv


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Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp (cynthiasheppedits) | 221 comments Mod
But Irving, NA is read by Teens as much as adults. Just for that reason only I agree with the content ratings. It's not to turn anybody off the books, only let them know what's inside. My mom never censored my reading at all and I wouldn't censor my kids, but I'd still like to have an idea of what they are reading. Though in my case lol, I'd probably be reading the same books. I like YA and NA books lol. I do censor what they watch though. Which I guess is weird since I won't ever censor their reading.


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Irving Podolsky | 36 comments Hi Cynthia!

Should Irv's Odyssey have content warnings? My fifteen year-old niece read the books when I sent them to her parents. She still seems okay, even after reading all those sex and LSD scenes.

You see, I originally considered the trilogy an old fashion coming-of-age story about a young man of twenty-two doing what twenty-something's do. And then, someone invented the New Adult category which was NEW to me and bingo! Now I've written a trendy NA book that needs content warnings! Who knew?

Gee, I'm so confused!

Irv


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Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp (cynthiasheppedits) | 221 comments Mod
I think it is up to you :) Do you think your books should have content ratings? Lots of authors put them in the description on Amazon. But regardless, I think it is the author's prerogative. They shouldn't be forced to do it of course.


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Irving Podolsky | 36 comments My books DO have content warnings! Right on the back cover of book one, which states that Irv fell into the porn business right after college. That's kind of a hint, don't you think?

Of course...with my ebooks, there IS no back cover!

Irv


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Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp (cynthiasheppedits) | 221 comments Mod
Irving wrote: "My books DO have content warnings! Right on the back cover of book one, which states that Irv fell into the porn business right after college. That's kind of a hint, don't you think?

Of course...w..."


LOL, I agree :)


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