I recently refused to help to promote a book, which was very ’50 Shades of Gray’-esque. I will agree that some sex in books is not always a bad thing. But there was tons and tons in this one. Not negotiable.
But my editing does include crime novels, and yes, there are some nasty things happening in those, too. But I do not read or edit erotica, porn, anything macabre, vampires or things of that nature.
Right now I am actively promoting author Zach Fortier’s books about his real-life experiences working thirty years of night shifts on city and county police forces. He exposes corruption within these departments, deals with PTSD in ‘first response’ professionals, tells-it-like-it-is in the real world.
These are graphic, gruesome, violent, real events, worthy of Stephen King, uncensored and happening under your nose in your city every day. It would seem some of my connections are deeply offended by this.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
I have not only read the books, I will go on record as admitting to having edited the re-released versions. It is alarming, eye-opening material.
I believe in God and seek to follow Him 24/7. I know we are admonished to discern the signs of the times and ‘watch ye therefore’, as events unfold in this age. Clearly, not everyone can read this kind of thing. Don’t offend your conscience. You must be true to your standards.
The truth is not always appreciated, we all have baggage, most of us have sore points, and we need to respect that. I think it is easier to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’, though, when you know what is happening in your wholesome neighborhood.
At the very least, anybody considering a career in law enforcement should read these books.
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