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Hello All

Am going to be releasing a book with some strong language and sexually suggestive moments.

It's a bit of a departure from my last book and I want to make sure that I give appropriate warning on my Amazon content page. Any suggestions appreciated.

Also, the opening has some strong language: is Amazon against having strong language in their sample pages, I presume not?

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If adult content in the sample is a problem, then I have got some big issues to deal with. :p

(That said, no, it's no problem. This is a site that allows dubcon and pseudo-incest, so...)

If you really want to put a warning in your blurb, than a simple "This book contains adult language and situations" usually suffices. You can be as specific as you want if it includes sexual situations too, and to what degree. Usually a nice way of saying it is "This book is for mature audiences."

Of course, no matter what you do, you will probably get reviews saying it's too crude/sexual/whatever. I don't worry about those too much since those are reviews that help sell your work.  :p
 

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Whenever I start to think that my books are getting graphic and oversexed, I remember this book, and realize, I am nothing.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Flesh-Cartel-Capture-ebook/dp/B00BB1AU52

And it's an EXCELLENT book by the way. Amazing characterization and a brilliant marketing plan, and clever category placement to make sure it stays in the store despite noncon, BRUTAL noncon, and brutal incest noncon. It's at the top of Ammy and ARe and has been for months.

Since your new book is a bit of a departure for you, a mild warning will work. You can do it at the top of the summary or at the end--up to you. "Contains strong language and sexual situations" is plenty.

Sometimes I read books by writers who post they were shocked at what they wrote, trying to even FIND what they were talking about, and remember that everything is relative. Except Flesh Cartel. It might just be at the top of its game for shock.
 

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Exactly: it's all relative

I do not market my book as romance, because it isn't. It has sex and swearing where it suits the characters and situations.

I've have reviews complaining that there isn't enough of it, and I've had reviews complaining that there is too much.

And nobody's ever complained about the violence...
 

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I don't put warnings in my description because I don't think indie books should be held to a different set of expectations than books in book stores. When was the last time you saw a warning on a book in a store?  Exactly. Never.

Yes, people can look through a book. They can also look through mine in the free sample. That sample tells them there is violence, sex, and crude language.

If is isn't YA, Christian, childrens, or cozy people have to assume anything could possibly be in a book. I've had ONE person bitch about it on Goodreads. My sales went up.

I have, a couple of times, mentioned what to expect in a guest or promotional post, but not always. When I have, I put "This book is for adults 18+. As such, it contains adult themes and scenes."
 

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I have noticed that certain writers use erotic language in their samples. Certain books have the f-word in their titles. Amazon doesn't stop this. Obviously, it's a very mature, relaxed site. (Smashwords has an adult filter, whereas I am not aware that Amazon has one.)

You can Google for something quite innocent, and land up at an erotic site. There is no safety from the erotic (or from sex), except to stop when you see it, and not read further.

Am I correct in this assessment?
 

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It's not a problem.

Mine say-

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable. It is intended for an adult audience.

And that's for erotica. You shouldn't have to go that strong for just some scenes.
 

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I let people know in the descriptions exactly what they're gonna get! :)

Sometimes it works better rather than having a few lines of a synopsis that make no sense!

Never hold back - write what you want to write and enjoy what you write.  (unless its universally illegal, then you have issues!)

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I put warnings on mine just because even though I would expect a book in the erotica section to feature sex some people don't seem to and at least you've given them some notice.

Once I found a book on Amazon in the erotica section that I can't remember the name of now but it had a 1 star review complaining about gratuitous sex.  Each to their own I guess!
 

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TexasGirl said:
Whenever I start to think that my books are getting graphic and oversexed, I remember this book, and realize, I am nothing.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Flesh-Cartel-Capture-ebook/dp/B00BB1AU52
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Sometimes I read books by writers who post they were shocked at what they wrote, trying to even FIND what they were talking about, and remember that everything is relative. Except Flesh Cartel. It might just be at the top of its game for shock.
Hah - they owe you a commission :D I just bought #1.
 
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