You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.
Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.
Because I’m the digital sales manager for my Barnes & Noble, I gave a Nook presentation to one of the largest school districts in Texas today. We had two authors set up at our table. So, I spent the day with young adult authors Mary Lindsey (Shattered Souls) and New York Times best selling author Rachel Caine (Last Breath, etc.). I have not read any of their works, so I’m not a huge fan. But, it was pleasant to talk to Mary Lindsey about landing an agent. She gave me some great advice on how to improve my query letters and what agents are looking for in new writers. She was very helpful and friendly. She also signed a copy of her first novel (shown in the picture below). This was a day well spent learning from the professionals.
You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.
Censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anybody. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in the darkness and makes them vulnerable. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Our children cannot afford to have the truth of the world withheld from them.