We live in a sick, SICK world!
I opened a hand-written letter this week, unsolicited (of course!), that contained a graphic short story. The punctuation, spelling, and writing were extremely poor. When I got to page six, I almost vomited. I think the writer might be a pedophile. If he is not, I think he certainly has the propensity to become one.
I believe, based on it being hand-written, and so poorly written, that the writer was getting his rocks off by sending that story to me. He knows no reasonable person or company would publish it. In mailing this to me, unsolicited, he may have violated federal law. And, the fact that he sent it across state lines could result in harsher penalties.
According to this law firm:
“Federal obscenity laws make it a crime to buy, sell, make, or produce obscene material. Obscene material can include written words, visual depictions, or spoken words. The definition of obscenity is anything that fits the definition upheld by the Supreme Court in Miller vs. California.”
According to Justice.gov, this is one part of the three prong test to determine if something is obscene:
“Whether a reasonable person finds that the matter, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
The writer’s last name was illegible but he actually provided his real address. Using that, I found that he lives with an older woman who may be his mother. He is in his 30s. They live in an apartment. And, it looks like his father also has a business registered at that address.
Today, that letter is being forwarded to his local police department. Anyone who sends me filth that mentions children will be reported to their local authorities. Period.
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About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
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