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A BookLocker author sent me a 7-paragraph message this morning that included this:
“Self-publishing may be the last bastion of free speech.”
He has been shopping a new manuscript to traditional publishers, and said some now have verbiage in their guidelines saying that they won’t accept any manuscripts that don’t have any LGBTQ characters. Some only accept manuscripts with a conservative slant and some with only a liberal slant (yes, we’re talking about FICTION). Some require at least some major characters to be people of color. The list goes on and on.
The L.A. Times has “LGBTQ style guidelines.” Many paying political markets for writers will only accept articles that sway one way or the other. Don’t even THINK of agreeing with the “other side” on any topic, nor trying to find some middle ground.
Some paying religious markets for writers will only accept very specific content. The same thing applies to anti-religion publications.
Even if you’re a mid-leaning writer, your publisher or editor might edit out parts of your manuscript or article that don’t conform to their specific ideas and opinions.
While every publisher has the right to choose what their readers read, there is a lot of censorship going on now, to the point where they want to remove some of the classics from the market, which is ludicrous. We are supposed to learn from history, not erase it.
At BookLocker, if your book has LGBTQ characters, that’s fine. If it doesn’t, that’s fine, too.
If your book leans to the left, great. If it leans to the right, also great.
If your book is about Christianity, awesome. Judaism? Also awesome. Islam? We’re totally cool with that, too.
As long as your book is well-written, does not contain hate speech (about any group), has a viable market, and doesn’t teach people how to perform illegal acts, we will publish it.
You CAN write a book with a political slant without forgetting your manners when discussing the “other side.” That’s called professionalism.
Some publishing companies have political correctness (PC) screeners who look for any and all words and phrases that might offend somebody. Even software companies are getting in on the game. NEWS FLASH: In this day and age, you’re going to offend somebody. That doesn’t mean you need to outright insult them, of course, but you can’t write anything today without offending SOMEBODY.
If this article has set off any triggers for you, you’ll be fine. I promise.
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.
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