As has been reported elsewhere, Amazon’s ban-hammer has fallen on any erotic stories that mention virginity in any way. How do I know this? My story Bridget: Virgin Knot got booted with the same vague warning as Juliet Takes Off (which is, by the way, now permanently banned — w00t!). “Bridget” features two college students (so adults, of course), one of whom happens to be, see… a virgin.
Serves me right for trying to drop a Shakespeare quote into the title.
Also! Kobo suddenly dropped all of my Juliet titles — no warning, no nothing. My publisher emailed, and is waiting to hear back.
Still. I’m a bit bewildered.
ETA: B&N has also dropped “Bridget” without warning or notice. I’m guessing that some later-day Savonarola (or group thereof) did a trolling expedition through major US-based online stores and flagged anything with the word “Virgin” in the title. Go me. :-p
We’ve revised the cover and cut any reference to “sexual initiation” from the title or description:
- SmutTalk: Censored! (kdwestwrites.wordpress.com)
- SmutTalk: Censored! (The Post Script) (kdwestwrites.wordpress.com)