Anyone who knows my writing will know that I never shy away from writing a sex scene. I do use the ‘closed door’ cop-out on a rare occasion, but in the majority of cases, I do not. Neither do I have any problem with reading books with high sexual content. I prefer to read books where sex is peripheral, and not the point of the story, but there are horses for courses.
I’m getting very annoyed at the intrusion of overtly sexual images as book covers displayed on ebook sites. For example, go to the Kobo site, click Epic Fantasy, bestsellers (I’ve done it here for you ETA: the link does not appear to be working in the same way for everyone, maybe because of locality-sensitive algorithms. In any case, this image features a naked woman viewed butt-on). Look at what is today (18 March) at number seven. Urgh. Just seriously, urgh. What is this sort of
tasteless smut stuff doing on a site where unsuspecting browsing readers stumble across it. Seriously, if I want images of naked people, I go to sites where they are displayed.
It comes down to this:
When my mother asks me where she can see my books, I am embarrassed to send her to a site where the image next to my book could be something like this.
When I’m randomly browsing for stuff to read, I cannot do this while the family can see the screen.
When I was at Authonomy, book covers would have to be approved prior to being displayed. Why can’t ebook sellers do this so as to keep overtly sexual images off the parts of their sites that come up in general searches?
I do not want to see this stuff when I’m casually browsing.
I do not want my kids to see this stuff when casually browsing.
I do not want this stuff next to my books.
If these were movies, they’d be rated R 18+. Fine. That’s where they belong. Please vet your covers and keep the smutty images in a separate section.