Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Amazon's at it, again...

Amazon is trying to become the only game in town for buying books, so when they decide to stop carrying a title because somebody didn't like it, that's censorship by default. And they don't limit it to just one country.

For example -- the UK government is threatening to pass a law banning the possession of pornography depicting incest or rape. It's not clear if this means written or photographic or both. But whatever does come from it, Amazon has pulled "How To Rape A STraight Guy" from Kindle, everywhere. They still offer the paperback in the US, but not in the UK.

I've already been in contact with both the US and UK branches of Amazon; now I'm just waiting for an answer. I have an e-mail from January 2011 that specifically states Amazon has reviewed both HTRASG and "Rape In Holding Cell 6" and found they are NOT pornographic. I guess we'll see what happens this time.

I was in contact with the publisher, yesterday, and floated the idea of me buying back all rights to my books in exchange for the money he owes me. I'll never see a penny of that cash, anyway, and I honestly think he's close to declaring bankruptcy...and I don't want my books caught up in that mess. He's going to get back to me on it, Monday. I halfway think he'll use Amazon's recent crap as the impetus to say, OK.

I worked on OT while jetting between Minneapolis and Seattle. Very cramped. I should never get a window seat on a long flight. Even springing the $40 for the "extra comfort" row did nothing. If you ever want to use your laptop computer on a flight, save the money for the slight upgrade and get an aisle seat; the only other way to get a decent amount of space is to do Business or First Class.

That whining's done; now on to more important matters. I'm shifting Jake's style into a more colloquial one and letting him use any language he wants. It seems to have helped revitalize the story in my mind. I'll also need a confrontation between him and a priest named Father Paul; question is when to do that...and where. Plus, I've settled in on the location for the big reveal. Just need to set that up a bit better; not have it come out of nowhere.

We'll see if this makes a difference.

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