When I was nine years old, I managed to get my hands on Forever by Judy Bloom. What a coup that was!! My parents would have NEVER let me read a book like that. And, my friends’ parents wouldn’t let them, either. A friend of mine pilfered it from her older sister and it made the rounds amongst my friends. When it was my turn, I devoured it. And, I came away a much more “knowing” 9-year-old girl.
At my maturity level back then, I had no business reading graphic teenage sex scenes and, I won’t go into details, but part of me changed during and after reading that book. Perhaps if I hadn’t been exposed to that at such a young age, I may not have gotten pregnant just out of high school.
When our oldest child was in 1st Grade, he brought home a book he’d gotten from the elementary school library. I was just 25 (do the math) but, because of my own past, I already knew to frequently check my child’s reading materials. The very first page was an excerpt from the book and it had a strong sex scene (between teenagers – obviously meant to attract young people to the book). I took it to the school the next day to show the principal. She looked at the first page, slammed the book shut, turned in her chair, and dropped it in the garbage can.
The fact is, not every book is right for children. And, the people best equipped to judge a child’s maturity, and that child’s readiness for exposure to certain “adult” things in life are, you guessed it, the PARENTS.
While I am not one for censorship, that word doesn’t even remotely apply to what we’re discussing here. A book targeting an adult audience should not be “censored.” But, that book should also NOT appear in elementary or middle school libraries. Even high schoolers have immature brains and they are extremely susceptible to suggestion. There, too, the parents should be in charge of deciding what their child can and can’t read.
The whole political “censorship” argument that seems to be all over the Internet right now is ridiculous. Many who claim “censorship” don’t give a second thought to the fact that movies have ratings. And, for what reason? TO PROTECT IMPRESSIONABLE YOUNG MINDS!
Seems to me that some of the most vocal “censorship” complainers are the ones who want control over what YOUR children read. They don’t believe a parent is the right person for the job. And that, folks, is RIDICULOUS.
So, I’m going to keep controlling what my one remaining under-aged child reads, and you do the same. But, do NOT expect me to let ANYBODY else tell me that I don’t get to control what MY child’s impressionable mind is reading!
- Library “Gifts” And Copyright Harvesting – AUTHOR BEWARE! By Heather Vallance
- Library’s “brazen” Christmas display sparks outrage
- How to Make Money Writing for School Library Publishers! by John Riddle
- Do you trust your child’s school librarian?
- Six Firms That Hire Freelancers to Teach Online! Homeschoolers Need YOU! By Stephanie Marshall Ward
Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.
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.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
ANGELA ON TWITTER https://twitter.com/AngelaHoy
BOOKLOCKER ON FACEBOOK - Provides links to free excerpts!
ANGELA ON FACEBOOK
ANGELA ON LINKEDIN
Angela is the creator of the Original 24-Hour Short Story Contest!
Read More Of Angela's Articles HERE
90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy
Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.
We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!
Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!
Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!