I received an email from author Bess McBride asking me to remove her spotlight due to this disclaimer: Please note - I have not read any of Bess's books, but based on the lines she writes for they may not be suitable for conservative/young readers.
She feels that having this warning associated with her work may be harmful to her career since she writes sweet (no explicit love scenes).
As I told Bess in my return email, the warning was NEVER intended to harm or upset anyone!
If you read My Dilemma on Jan 13 th you'll note it was due to an email from an erotic author wondering if I would deny her a spotlight based on what she wrote that I decided to use the warning when unsure whether or not the spotlighted author wrote overtly sexual or explicit content.
To be honest, up until that email, I'd never considered who I spotlighted or what they wrote. I just wanted to help my fellow authors with a little free promotion.
However, as an author, my first obligation is to my readers.
The fact that the disclaimer has indeed upset one of my fellow authors not only distresses me, it leads me ponder what I should do. Should I......
Delete the warning altogether
Ask the author to rate their books for me (G, PG, PG13, PG17, R, X)
Reword the warning
Discontinue the Saturday Spotlight completely?
Others have complimented me on the standard I portray with my blog.
I'm not sure yet what my decision will be....I'll let you know when I figure it out.
Until then ..... post a comment and tell me what YOU think!