The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.

January 3, 2017

http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2016/11/06I went dark on November 9 after enough people voted for an eminently unqualified, racist, misogynist, homo-hating, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, narcissistic, criminal con man and Putin puppet to give him the majority of votes in the electoral college and force those of us who are not white, straight, christianists to live in fear for our lives.

The election results were disappointing, horrifying, nauseating, frightening, outrageous, and disgusting. The one thing they were not, at least for me, is shocking or surprising. I suspect the more marginalized someone is by our society, the less surprised they were by the vote.

Make no mistake, if you voted for Trump, if you stayed home and sat the election out as a protest (or just because you couldn’t be bothered), if you voted for Stein or Johnson or anyone else but Clinton, your actions contributed to people suffering and dying because they are queer, trans, POC, or just can’t afford health care. (No Clinton would not have been worse, she wouldn’t have hired billionaire white supremacists with no experience but plenty of conflicts of interest to run the government or worked to destroy any progress made in reproductive health care and LGBT/POC civil rights or left many of us trying to figure out whether we should flee the country.)

White nationalists emboldened by Trump are thirsting for blood. That blood might be mine, or your gay cousin’s, or the Sikh gentleman’s behind the motel counter whose mistaken for a Muslim, or the African-American boy’s playing in the park, or your neighbor’s who wears a hijab, or your trans co-worker’s. (You didn’t know she was trans? But you insist she should use the men’s restroom?)

As far as I’m concerned, every single person who voted for Trump is a racist bigot. You can say whatever you want about how you voted for him to protect your guns (Clinton wasn’t going to take them away). Or because the economy is in the toilet (it was the best it’s been since Bush destroyed it in ’08). Or because he’ll bring back manufacturing jobs (he can’t, automation has already replaced those jobs even if the factories move back to the U.S. and those jobs he claimed — at the cost of millions from taxpayer– to bring back either were staying anyway or will be used to create further automation). Or because he’s a successful business man (he’s lost more money than he ever made, routinely rips off people he hires as contractors, paid millions to get out of fraud charges against him, etc. etc.). Or because Clinton did whatever (outrageous misogynistic fabricated conspiracy theory) you’ve cited as an excuse not to vote for her. Or whatever other lies he told that you were gullible enough to believe. I do not care what “reason” you give to salve your conscious, you voted for toxic sludge and should be judged by what you did, not what you say.

I’m so very tired of inane statements about the majority of people voting with genuinely good intentions for what they honestly believe is their country’s best interest. The majority of those voters don’t give one rat’s ass for the best interest of the U.S. They deliberately voted to prioritize their straight white cis privileges over basic civil rights for POC, LGBTQ folk, and those who don’t worship their particular brand of consumerist christianism. They didn’t care about the consequences as long as they got what they wanted (and they will be genuinely shocked, blaming anyone but themselves and the man they elected, when they lose their jobs, their homes, their health insurance, and/or their savings and retirement as a result).

I find it more and more difficult to believe that even a small majority of people are genuinely good when so many of them are willing to deprive others of health care, a safe place to live, enough food to eat, a decent education, the ability to earn a fair wage for their work, agency/autonomy over their own bodies, a partner in life, etc.

Trump voters will eventually pay the price for their hubris. Racism is one of the ways the ruling class one percent keeps the poor white working class in line, enabling the rich to turn them into wage slaves while raping the planet, destroying our water supply and making the air impossible to breathe. No matter how bad it gets, at least those wage slaves can believe they’re superior because they’re white, straight christianists.

Racism has always been the primary motivation behind the white nationalism white evangelical movement and remains at its core. The GOP deliberately used the evangelicals to create the noxious atmosphere that allowed Trump to ascend to the White House by pandering to racist, xenophobic, fears of privilege loss.

Wherever you claim to stand on civil rights for women, POC, immigrants, or those who are LGBT, if you facilitated Trump’s election with your vote (or lack of) you are condoning both the violent racist/xenophobic attacks of his followers and your own exploitation at the hands of their billionaire masters. The overt anti-Semites in Germany didn’t enable the Holocaust as much as all those middle class Germans who wanted to Make Germany Great Again and who were willing to overlook their missing neighbors, the broken glass in the streets, the stench from the ovens, and the racist, xenophobic rhetoric. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.

This naziism of America is the result of your sharing fake news, giving racists the benefit of the doubt, avoiding political discussions with family members who actively support venal politicians, staying silent in the face of misogyny.

Now what are you going to do about it (whether you enabled Trump’s election or not)? Will you sit silently with your head down and ignore the slaughter or will you step up to stop the colleague making racist jokes, refuse to allow your relatives to justify their Trump votes, call out the guy yelling at the Mexican-American on the bus to “go home,” video record the white cops harassing an African-American for minding their own business, stand in front of the woman threatened for wearing an expression of her faith? Will you donate and volunteer for organizations fighting for civil rights and reproductive health care? Will you call your Congressional representatives, daily if necessary, to let them know you won’t tolerate evisceration of the Office of Congressional Ethics, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, etc? Will you recruit, support, campaign for, and finance candidates for public office who believe in civil rights for all?

Or will you proceed with your daily life while everything that made America great is destroyed?

I know where I stand. I may have been silent online, but I never stopped fighting. What about you?

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Banned Books Week: Why Readers Need to Care About Ebook Sellers’ Arbitrary and Capricious Content Guidelines

September 23, 2014

On Dec. 5, 2012 I published “Aunt” Grace.”

On May 11, 2013 I learned that “Aunt” Grace won second place in the National Leather Association: International John Preston Short Story Award for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2012.

On Sept. 3, 2014 my publisher account with All Romance was terminated because of “Aunt” Grace.

A little background: Previously, I had only published my novels and short story collections (including the two that contained “Aunt” Grace) on All Romance. With the loss of Kobo retail outlets in U.K., the death of Sony and Diesel, and Amazon doing everything possible to bury my books, I saw potential for replacing some of these lost sales if I increased what was available at All Romance. I decided to invest more in that market and spent several weeks reformatting all my short stories and resizing all the covers to meet the site’s requirements.

I worked with the publisher relations supervisor to manage some technical difficulties I had in taking advantage of the interface that allowed books published on All Romance to be sold in the iBookstore. Then I received a notice from the Chief Operating Officer, accusing me of violating the site’s content guidelines, specifically regarding “Works which contain incest or pseudo-incest themes for the purpose of titillation” and “Works that are written for or being marketed to the barely legal market.”

The latter accusation was aimed at Jail Bait and Teacher’s Pet. While I admit the blurbs (designed to sell books) toy with the “barely legal” angle, that’s not what the stories are about. They both tell a story of an 18 year old discovering her sexuality, constrained by society’s one-sided, misogynist standards regarding women’s pleasure. (Two Brothers, about two young male virgins, one of the other stories that appears in Young & Eager, never gets banned for violating “barely legal” guidelines, even though the younger brother is only 18. Of course, that one gets criticized because the two brothers are in bed with the same woman and OMG, they might touch each other, even though they don’t.)

Both Jail Bait and Teacher’s Pet and the collection they appear in together are now published on Apple and Kobo, two of the most restrictive markets in terms of prurient content, via Smashwords. From the beginning, the first story was always available for sale on both markets in another collection, further proof that all these “content guidelines” are arbitrary and capricious.

Most of the All Romance COO’s ire appeared to be directed at “Aunt” Grace.” She erroneously claimed it “contains a pseudo-incestuous relationship between Grace and your protagonist, who she refers to and has thought of as a niece.” She terminated my account without warning, removing 60 plus works from two markets because she had a problem with three, forcing me to scramble to reformat everything yet again.

First, pseudo incest is an oxymoron. Incest is sexual intercourse between closely related persons. If people aren’t closely related, there’s no possibility of incest. Pseudo is defined as pretended; false or spurious; sham.

“Aunt” Grace contains no incest, pseudo or otherwise. The characters are two women who became acquainted as young girls because of other people’s marriage and who rediscover their attraction to each other as young adults.

It involves two women who are not legally related. Grace’s mother married the father of the boy who grew up to become Jen’s father long after both Grace and Jen’s father were born. Jen’s father never appears in the book. Jen grew up calling Grace “aunt” because that was required then, even though they weren’t related in any way and weren’t that far apart in age.

The two women always had the hots for each other. Their attraction was constrained more by their families disapproval of their orientation than their “relationship.” In the book, although Jen calls Grace “aunt” out of habit at first, the word “niece” is used only once, and that’s facetiously,
when Grace introduces Jen to her slave.

“Jen, this is my slave, Emma. Gurl, this is my,” Grace cleared her throat, “niece, Jen.”

It’s worded to make it obvious to most readers that Grace does not think of Jen as her niece.

The story is also about Jen fighting against misogyny in her chosen career and prejudice against her sexual orientation. She finds refuge, and a chance to explore BDSM, in Grace’s leather family.

I ran into the same specious objections to “Aunt” Grace at
Kobo and Apple. In both cases, in order to sell this award-winning story, I had to make arbitrary and capricious language changes, changes that eliminated the women’s backstory and reduced the characters’ depth. I also switched the cover to say “Sir Grace” instead of aunt.

This was not the first time my work was banned by All Romance. In 2012, Broken and Shattered were kicked off the site.

I write books as Korin I. Dushayl about the dark side of BDSM, including questionable consent and abuse of power. I’ve redefined them as transgressive because the sex scenes in them often aren’t supposed to be erotic (which doesn’t mean that some people won’t find them arousing). But, if any character exploits another in a story I write, it’s obvious to readers (if not the character themselves) that the relationship is inappropriate at best, criminally damaging at worst. I don’t portray abusive stalkers as romantic heroes.

I’m all for labeling books based on what’s in them so adult readers can choose what they purchase based on their own personal preferences, triggers, and boundaries. One person’s hottest sex scene ever will make another person want to hurl.

However, it is inappropriate and inexcusable for any individual or corporation to make arbitrary and capricious decisions about what other adults get to read.

Further proof that all this hoop jumping is for absolutely no legitimate reason and that so-called “content guidelines” are arbitrary and capricious:

  1. both Apple and Kobo sell the original “Aunt” Grace as part of another collection and no retailer has voiced any objections to that other collection;
  2. as of this writing, Apple still has not accepted Two Brothers for sale from Smashwords even though it was one of four books All Romance neglected to pull and the exact same story is still for sale on Apple via All Romance;
  3. I had to change the title and cover of Young & Eager to get it sold on Kobo even though all four stories within the collection were already for sale individually.
  4. On Amazon, Apple, and Kobo I must call my Family Dynamics collection, Leather Family Dynamics (although at least on Amazon, unlike the other two, I didn’t have to change “Aunt” Grace).
  5. Apple published and then pulled Sir Grace in the space of a few days. I was told I needed to change the category listed from “Romance > Erotica” to “Erotica > Romance” and I’m still waiting for it to be available for sale again. Meanwhile, that version of the story is available for sale on Apple in Leather Family Dynamics.

Arbitrary and capricious? Can anyone deny that?


Even Smashwords admits, in much kinder words, to the arbitrary and capricious application of “guidelines” by Apple. In explaining the reasons why books accepted by Smashwords don’t get distributed to Apple, the site states the process “is performed by humans, and is therefore subject to some inconsistency from time to time. You may also find that things that were okay a year ago are no longer acceptable to them going forward.”

In the midst of all this, Amazon had the unmitigated gall to encourage people to read really old books that had once been banned such as Madame Bovary and The Prince while arbitrarily and capriciously banning current work by numerous erotica authors.

All Romance, Apple, Kobo, and Amazon will continue preventing you from reading books the way they were written — how the author believed was the best way to tell the story, the way you may find entertaining and/or arousing — unless readers protest. The retailers have made it quite obvious they don’t give a rat’s ass about their authors. We’re just content providers and if any single person — on the retailers’ team or a random visitor to their websites — finds our content objectionable, it’s gone.

The only way to change this puritanical attitude that readers have to be protected from evil authors who produce books those readers might want to purchase and consume, is to yell loudly and repeatedly at any retailer that bans books for arbitrary and capricious reasons. Better still, purchase your books from other retailers, or whenever possible from authors and publishers directly, and let the retailers know why.


Coffee Shop as Office

April 29, 2014

Once again I recently walked out of a tea/coffee shop without making a purchase because every single table was occupied by individuals with computers using the business as their personal office space.

I just wanCoffee Shop as Officeted to sit for half an hour and enjoy a cuppa and maybe a snack, depending on what the food options were. Since this was a new-to-me-establishment, I had not yet had a chance to check out the menu. I didn’t bother. I won’t go back.

I understand that some people don’t have a convenient place they can work, write, or do homework. I know there are others who find the environment of a busy coffee shop inspiring. I understand that some businesses don’t want to alienate “customers” by setting a time limit on how long they can hog a table.

And, if they mostly rely on takeout customers who grab a cuppa and run off, it may be a viable business plan.

But, how many potential customers like me are driven away each day because the tables are monopolized by those who purchase one beverage and stay for hours upon hours? How much money is the establishment losing to those who allow it to pay their overhead and provide them a free place to work? (And, no, even a $5 cup of coffee is not appropriate “rent” on table space for more than half an hour.)

In reality, these people do have other options: the public library, student facilities, their own damned bedrooms, a corner of the sofa in their living room, their hotel room when they’re traveling. I’ve worked, written, and done homework in them all.

Whatever excuses given for the “need” to work in coffee shops, the reality is those who do so are parasites. The business pays for the electricity that powers their laptop and their phones, the rent on the space they’re occupying, the water they use in the restroom. The establishment purchased the table they pile their books/reference material on, the chair their ass occupies and the one they put their backpack on to prevent anyone else from sitting at “their” table.

All the shop owners get in exchange is the sale of one measly cup of coffee and maybe, if they’re lucky, a sandwich.

Why has this become an acceptable practice?

I will not pretend I have never written words in a coffee shop. (And, I did write a story in which the character did so regularly, but that was fiction.) I occasionally attend write-ins to socialize with other authors and write in tandem for a few hours. But these are rare events and I always try to purchase more than one item. We’re also half a dozen writers occupying six seats not one writer monopolizing two or more. And, when I can, I encourage the scheduling of them at hours when business is slow and no one else would be using the space.

The particular day mentioned at the beginning of this post, the shop was our last stop. We went home and Patrick made me a pot of tea and heated up some coffee for himself. I worked on my computer while enjoying my rooibos, in the space I own, where I pay the bills, at a desk I bought, sitting in a chair I purchased. But, I put fewer dollars out into the community and perhaps missed an opportunity to try a tea I’ve never tasted before. Plus, a business that has been on my I-want-to-check-it-out list lost its spot without an opportunity to win me as a regular customer.


PayPal Back Pedals: Excuse Me if I Don’t Celebrate

March 26, 2012

This post originally appeared March 13, 2012 on 4-Letter Words.

canstockphoto3416317-e1331683754308I never liked PayPal. The idea of an unregulated corporation having access to all my personal, financial information made me nervous. But when a number of publishers and retailers give you no choice about getting paid except via PayPal, you sign up.

Whenever I had an alternative, I used it. I opened a bank account where I can deposit cheques in pounds sterling and I have an account that allows me to accept checks made out to my pen name.

I still ended up with seven PayPal accounts for various enterprises I manage, including one for I.G. Frederick and one for Pussy Cat Press.

I first learned trouble was brewing for erotica authors and publishers back in August when Essemoh Teepee reported to the Erotica Authors Association (EAA) list that: “The Religious Right owners of the PayPal service have just decided that I am a pornographer and the spawn of Hell. They have shut down my business account so I cannot sell my stories or audios using their service from my website.” In a followup email, he added: “it appears they have what they call a ‘Protector of the Brand’, somewhat like the Mediaeval ‘Defender of the Faith’ perhaps? If they take a look at what you do and they don’t like it, they freeze your account and all your money for 180 days before kicking you out. There is no appeal once they have put you to the sword.”

Other authors immediately reported they had suffered similar experiences. I noticed that most of the authors who had had their PayPal accounts shut down always seemed to have had large sums of money in their accounts when this happened, money which PayPal confiscated. One author I met at the EAA conference in Las Vegas later tweeted that everything he had was in his PayPal account when it was shut down and he didn’t even have money to pay his rent.

Of course, authors expressed outrage that PayPal could do this and urged those who had their money stolen to file lawsuits. But, when I researched the PayPal Terms of Service (which you must agree to before you sign up) I found:

“You may not use the PayPal service for activities that … relate to transactions involving … certain sexually oriented materials or services …”

AND, in a completely separate document:

“If PayPal, in its sole discretion, believes that you may have engaged in any Restricted Activities … We may close, suspend, or limit your access to your Account or the PayPal Services (such as limiting … your ability to send money, make withdrawals …”

AND:

“If you violate the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, then in addition to the above actions you will be liable to PayPal for the amount of PayPal’s damages caused by your violation of the Acceptable Use Policy. You acknowledge and agree that $2,500.00 USD per violation of the Acceptable Use Policy is presently a reasonable minimum estimate of PayPal’s actual damages … PayPal may deduct such damages directly from any existing Balance in the offending Account, or any other Account you control.”

I’m not a lawyer, but if you put those paragraphs (from different documents and different sections of documents) together it’s obvious that PayPal has given itself the ability to legally steal confiscate people’s money for arbitrary reasons. They’ve also made it extremely unlikely that anyone would discover that they could do so until it was too late. After all, how many people thoroughly read the very long, often difficult to comprehend TOS, EULA, privacy policies, etc. that they accept with a click of their mouse every time they sign up for a new website?

Personally, I took what precautions I could (and I warned anyone who would listen). I made a point of immediately transferring any funds I received into my bank account rather than leave them there for possible future purposes and again I went out of my way to avoid using PayPal. Sometimes, as with Smashwords, that meant waiting until my royalties built up to a certain point. (Of course, that option is only available to U.S. authors/publishers with U.S. addresses and tax ID numbers. And, currently, unless you’ve published 100 books, Smashwords is the only option for getting your books listed for sale on Ebook Eros.)

When all this first came to my attention, I was considering setting up a shopping cart for my website since I’m now self publishing much of my work. I asked my submissive and webmaster, Patrick, to research alternatives to PayPal. He learned that every other merchant services option either had similar Terms of Service regarding the sale of “adult” material or they charged ridiculous amounts of money for the privilege of using their service to collect funds. I gave up on that idea and continued to sell books and short stories via various retailers, giving up 30 percent or more of what readers paid.

I didn’t really notice what happened with Bookstrand. I was incredibly busy at that time. I didn’t have books for sale there, and I didn’t even realize they had provided an opportunity for indie authors to sell their work.

But, on Feb. 20, I received an e-mail, sent to all publishers, from the Chief Operations Officer of All Romance. The e-mail purported to be about AR’s decision to separate Erotica from Erotic Romance. Now, I back that decision. I think it’s important to label our work so readers don’t accidentally purchase material they find offensive.

As much as I believe I should have the right to write and sell anything that anyone else will buy, I also strongly respect the right of any reader to draw a line that they don’t wish to cross in their reading experience. What I will not accept is any person moving that line for anyone else. No one should be permitted to force someone to read what they find offensive, but they shouldn’t be able to prevent anyone else from reading that same material just because they don’t like it.

The AR e-mail also stated: “Please review section 7 of the publisher contract” with a warning that: “If the amended terms are ones you can’t abide by … [we] will accept your notice of termination. …We request that you take immediate initiative to remove any titles that may be in breach.”

After reading section 7, I wrote an e-mail asking:

“I have a question about the amended terms. They state ‘Erotic Works which contain … scenes of non-consensual bondage or non-consensual sado-masochistic practices’ are ‘restricted.’

“My question is does this include questionable consent or consensual non-consent?

“I also would like to know why are you working to eliminate thought-provoking fiction which is not illegal?”

The response I got did not mention PayPal and instead discussed the vision for AR versus the type of stories independent authors and publishers were selling on their site.

However, I was told that I must “inactivate” both Broken and Shattered because they contain “questionable consent.” (I wrote about this in detail as part of Eden Connor’s excellent series by banned authors.)

Four days after the initial e-mail from AR, I received the now infamous letter from Mark Coker of Smashwords.

Ironically, when the first discussion about PayPal erupted on the EAA list last summer, one contributor noted that he had brought his concerns about PayPal to Coker’s attention and was assured: “They’re committed to protecting the rights of erotic authors (within legal bounds of course) and they use PayPal and haven’t had any trouble.”

After receiving the February Smashwords letter, I spent several hours changing keyword tags for my stories, which will reduce my sales since the people looking for transgessive stories won’t be able to find them. I also removed some promotional material that hadn’t been accepted for the premium catalog rather than provide an excuse to boot me and my stories.

Mark Coker put the blame for PayPal’s decisions on the credit card companies. He based that on e-mail from PayPal stating: “Our banking partners and credit card associations have taken a very strict stance on this subject matter.” However, an author reported to the EAA list that reliable sources inside Visa and MasterCard denied any culpability.

In letters responding to inquiries from Banned Writers, Visa and MasterCard have very publicly denied that they had any involvement in PayPal’s decision not to accept transactions for legal fiction.

In a response to what it dismissed as “chatter,” PayPal’s director of communications posted a statement full of misrepresentations, allusions, and lies. In it, he made no mention of credit cards or financial partners. (Alessia Brio does an excellent job of ripping PayPal’s ludicrous statement to shreds.)

Because of the uproar, I suspect many didn’t have time to read the “Amendment to the PayPal User Agreement” effective April 01, 2012 which account holders were notified about during this time.

“You authorize PayPal, directly or through third parties, to make any inquiries we consider necessary to validate your identity. This may include asking you for further information, requiring you to provide your date of birth, a taxpayer identification number and other information that will allow us to reasonably identify you, requiring you to take steps to confirm ownership of your email address or financial instruments, ordering a credit report, or verifying your Information against third party databases or through other sources. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents at any time. If you use certain PayPal Services federal law requires that PayPal verify some of your Information. PayPal reserves the right to close, suspend, or limit access to your Account and/or the PayPal Services in the event we are unable to obtain or verify this Information.”

PayPal also amended their “privacy” policies (but you would have to read the entire policy to see what’s changed). Orwell was wrong. The government isn’t Big Brother, the corporations are.

When I started publicly ranting about PayPal’s latest bullying, I was chastised on Twitter by a friend, Mick Luvbight, for coming ” late to the party.” He reminded me that “PayPal has been denying its service to us pornographers for 10 years.”

Countless authors have lost hundreds of dollars in sales because of an arbitrary decision by a corporate bully. At least one publisher reportedly will close its doors at the end of the month. (Although there’s no mention of this on its website, at least two of its authors have blogged about its demise.)

Numerous authors have blogged about the outrageous bullying and the impact it will have on reader choice. Many of us have joined Banned Writers, a coalition of writers, readers, publishers, and editors fighting against economic censorship of erotic fiction started by Remittance Girl.

In addition to hosting a compelling series of interviews with and essays by banned authors on her blog, Eden Connor has also put out a call for transgressive erotica. Erotic Tales of Transgression will collect, in defiance of corporate morality police, stories that examine the gritty truth of human sexuality.

Significantly, the rest of the Internet didn’t dismiss this issue as a problem only for “smut” writers. Although they condescendingly deny that they would ever write or read this type of fiction, many recognize the slippery slope. The issue has been covered in the mainstream press and by tech bloggers. Forbes wrote “Credit Card Companies Should Process Payments Not Censor Content.”

Organizations such as ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation have set up petitions telling PayPal not to ”censor” books.

However, I don’t believe petitions will do the job. Although we’ve all been ranting about censorship, in reality PayPal is not preventing books from being written. If what PayPal is doing is illegal, it would come under restraint of trade. (And, given our current government interest in allowing corporations unfettered permission to abuse consumers, I’m not expecting to see any action taken.)

Instead, I urge anyone concerned about this corporate bullying to close their PayPal and eBay accounts. (I’ve closed all seven of mine and stated why in the comments.) Let merchants who only accept PayPal know why you will no longer shop with them. Money talks.

And, apparently PayPal listened. On March 12, in an update on Smashwords, Mark Coker stated: “I met with PayPal this afternoon at their office in San Jose. They will soon announce revised content policies that I expect will please the Smashwords community. Effective immediately, we are returning our Terms of Service to back to its pre-February 24 state.”

On March 13, to great cheering across the Interwebs, PayPal announced a clarification of “exactly how we are going to implement the policy,” stating ”First and foremost, we are going to focus this policy only on e-books that contain potentially illegal images, not e-books that are limited to just text.”

When was the last time you read an erotica e-book that contained images other than the cover and the author’s photo?

Excuse me if I don’t celebrate. PayPal is backpedalling because it got caught trying to prevent the sale of legal fiction. Many authors have lost days protesting this, days they could have spent writing fiction. My e-books are no longer visible on All Romance ebooks unless you log in. I learned Monday that another publisher has stopped selling independent e-books, allegedly because of a logistics issue, but I have to wonder.

Just as this incident didn’t begin in February, it won’t end in March unless we’re vigilant about protecting our rights to buy and sell what we choose to read and write. What we need more than anything else right now is an alternative to PayPal.

UPDATE: On March 20, Selena Kitt made it clear in her post Corporate Bullies that PayPal has in fact NOT changed anything and is still censoring legal erotica. Read her post, then close your PayPal account.