Progressive Censorship In Publishing: An Author's Firsthand Experience

 

Social Media Censorship

My publisher was very supportive of my beliefs until I no longer believed what they did. In the run up to the EU referendum, they allowed me to express my political thoughts on all my author accounts on social media, as they agreed with what I was saying. That all changed during the American election. Although I was never a Trump supporter, I LOATHED Clinton. The first time the publisher silenced me was after I used my Twitter account to suggest the celebrities supporting Clinton were obviously all monarch programmed. They asked me to take the tweet down as it was “bad for business”. Fast forward to the French election where I was a militant Le Pen supporter, my publisher told me I’m not allowed to talk about politics or they’d stop advertising for me. They told me I can’t bring an opinion onto an author page, and yet when my politics were aligned with theirs they didn’t mind what I said. And so, with a threat of no advertising put on my head, I behaved on social media. But since the French election, they’ve stopped advertising completely. They have also indefinitely pushed back the release of my next book. For the past few weeks they haven’t even answered my emails. All because I voiced a different opinion.

Censorship in my books

Although professional editing on a book is expected in the publishing industry, the editing in my books went beyond industry standard.

Firstly, although my characters remained white, any mention of their race was edited out. If this had been standard practice, I wouldn’t have minded, but my Native American characters were left to be called Native American. I was allowed to describe them as treacle or honey coloured. But my white characters were allowed no such descriptions. Even when they were startled, the editors would change sentences from, “her face whitened” to “she got a shock”. Even “her face paled” was taken out (I can only assume it was because whites are the only ones who can visibly pale). My epilogue was heavily edited as my teenage Native American character makes many jesting references to “the white girls” she has now befriended. My editor’s exact words were, “You can’t go around calling people white”.

The books read by characters are also heavily edited. If I suggest that my characters read books by Ursula Le Guin or Virginia Woolf, it is edited out. Even the mention of the book “How to win friends and influence people” was taken out. It seems from my side that my characters cannot be too intelligent and different, or they may suggest this idea to the readers. Homeopathy and naturopathy is something else which I have to fight hard to keep in my books; and yet the scene where a doctor suggests drugging my thirteen year old character even though he can find nothing wrong with her is just kept in without a fight.

I’ve had references to Christianity edited out, but Paganism and Islam can be mentioned by name. Any critism of government or formal education is edited out. I can talk about feminism, but men’s rights is always edited to a point where I can’t even recognise it as that.

My biggest fight came during the editing of my third book. My characters, who live in South Africa, discover that their ancestors bought their land from the black tribes. Bought it fair and square. This is not a fiction tale I have created, it really did happen. Entire sections of South Africa were bought by the 1820 English settlers. My publisher wanted it tossed out because it destroys the “white man killed for this land” narrative. We eventually compromised with a passage about white man’s crimes. If I hadn’t fought like an authorzilla they would have changed history to suit their agenda. I also cannot mention the good that the British Empire accomplished. But let me mention the bad, and it stays.

When my publisher and I were on better terms, they asked me to write a book aimed at boys. So I did. When I handed it in they told me that they didn’t want any white characters, all my leads would have to become black and Indian. Because I was angry, I didn’t rewrite the book, just changed the names and said they were black. The publisher rejected the book; saying all my characters were stereotypes. How could they have possibly been stereotypes when two days before they were white?

On a side note, I’ve also had a book rejected because my character disagreed with abortion. Characters aren’t allowed to misbehave any more than their authors are.

And the cherry on top of it all? I write erotica under a pseudonym… and I am given so much freedom, I could cry. I can talk about my character’s white faces until the cows come home. I can flat out ignore identity politics, and do almost exactly what I want.
The erotic publisher gives me the freedom I was expecting from every other publisher.

In this strange topsy-turvy world, little freedom is afforded to you if you don’t toe the hard left line. Given the fact that the “Long March Through The Institutions” is all but complete, you will be shut out if your mind wanders from the hive. If you don’t cow to the progressive agenda, you will effectively lose your source of income or even be blacklisted throughout the industry.

The author has asked to remain anonymous.

Orwell & Goode
Editor-at-Large

Orwell & Goode (a pun for “all well and good”) is a Youtuber, blogger, and an economics masters degree student. He personally identifies as a paleolibertarian, but extends his support to nationalist movements throughout the Western world. His main interests lie in documenting the decline of the Western world and identifying economic policies which may shape society for better or worse. He is host of the “All Well and Good Show” and the co-host of news round-up “Waking Up The West” on YouTube.

  • PapayaSF

    Some of those examples are bizarre. Le Guin and Virginia Woolf? Homeopathy?