Vickie, there is one on the Republican side that is a
strict constitutionalists. His name is Ron Paul and
me and mine support him. As far as I know, he won't
invoke the thought police.
I'm completely with 19k54 -- I'll be writing Ron Paul in on the ballot if he doesn't get the nomination (which we all know he won't). Since I live in Illinois, my vote won't count anyway--Chicago has too many zombies who will vote for Obama and wipe out the rest of the votes in the state.
And no, Ron Paul would not invoke the thought police--he is a staunch believer in the First Amendment and believes that what people choose to read in their own homes and practice in their own bedrooms is their business so long as everyone involved is a consenting adult.
The original question does have a certain point - my book involves werewolves, and there are a TON of trashy werewolf erotica books. The majority of them look like garbage, and I had to wade through page after page of the stuff before finding more traditional books. Yuck.
I firmly believe Amazon needs to completely overhaul its way of organizing, labeling and presenting their books. They'll make more money if people can find the kind of book they want as quickly as they want. You start wading through the mud too long, you'll turn around and go elsewhere.
Well, my books contain erotic content -- gay erotic content at that -- but I have tagged them as such, as containing mature audience content. The erotic content is only one, and relatively minor component. I've been published in mainstream for many many years, and my books are well-written and carefully edited.
So I guess my point would be that what I consider "trash" -- as both a reader and a writer -- might not be the same thing that you consider "trash." Or that every single reader on Amazon considers "trash."
I think tagging your work is an excellent tool and an excellent idea and should be energetically utilized.
I also think discussing politics is generally not a good idea for authors, unless your political affiliation is part of your author platform. As in writers of non-fiction. In fact, I think the trend of online sharing of personal and private information is a mistake for most of us.
How often have you been turned off by someone's embarrassing online revelations -- their marital problems, their tax woes, their fights with their kids, the fight with their pastor, the fight with their boss, their various illnesses, their political and religious rants? Even when I am in agreement, even when I am a fan, it's usually too much information.
It is certainly too much information for the reader who does not yet know us or our work.
Sex sells, when has this ever not been the case? Before authors could write about sex, they just found creative ways to write about it still through violence and other things. Now that authors finally have the freedom to write whatever they want we have people condoning them for doing so. I resent that :P
If a person doesn't want to be associated with something they think is trash, check the keywords. That's what a person can do until Amazon fixes the issue somehow. But be aware that amazon wants to make money, and if something sells why would they want to make it less available?
As for being associated with porn, I don't really care. Personally I would take that and having creative freedom over otherwise anyday.
I'd rather something that didn't sell for so long to disappear and make way for other written works new and old.
Perhaps those who insist on writing "adult" material should be forced to wear shirts or blouses with an "A" emblazoned on the bosom. Or we could put them in stocks, like the good old days when religious leaders held full sway.
Taging is a good thing, but you people that write porn would be so much better of with a section of your own. People that are looking for porn would know where to go. When my books show up with your porn on both side's of them, the people that are looking for a book like mine would just pass them by while they went past the porn. No I don't like the porn mixed with other books. Amazon should not mix them up or allow the porn to be clasifid as action/adventure. Or romance, it should be in the porn/Erotic section.