Lisa Burstein

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Forced Title Change, or how “Adult Search” SUCKS

on January 28, 2015

Many of you know I’ve been working on a book BY Candy Sloane from Sneaking Candy. It’s an erotic romance and WAS titled The Orgasm Virgin.

It isn’t anymore, because one of the retailers who will be carrying it deemed the title and or blurb as “offensive content”.

Maybe I’m naive but considering some of the stuff out there, I kind of thought that title was pretty tame. I kind of thought the original blurb was too.

The original blurb

Fifteen Contestants, Twelve Episodes & One Very Big O

When my best friend Allie posted about my need for an inaugural O on a prominent dating website it was meant to be a joke.
A joke she was supposed to delete.
But her post started an internet and media frenzy and, when I was offered fifty thousand dollars to star in my own reality competition show, I had no choice but to say yes.
The Orgasm Virgin was supposed to help me meet a carnal companion who could finally bring me to climax.
Unfortunately, the one person I want to win the undying allegiance of my, well, you know, can’t be in the running at all.
Now in an L.A. mansion with fifteen very persuasive contestants vying for my attention and one undeniably sexy Production Assistant secretly getting it all the word ACTION has a whole new meaning…

Apparently that retailer didn’t agree & when I submitted my book for pre-order it was hidden by “ADULT SEARCH”. What this means is if you searched for the title, or the author, or looked at the author listings- NOTHING would come up. It was essentially non-existent except as a link that could be shared but completely unsearchable.

So let’s say someone told you about the book and you wanted to try to find it- you couldn’t. Or it would be really, really hard to find it. If you can’t find a book, you can’t buy a book- you SEE the issue.

So I asked one of my publicists why she thought this was happening and she said the site probably thought the title and blurb was TOO OVERT-again, if you’ve seen some of the books out there – COME ON.

But I’ve put a ton of work into this book. I paid for a cover artist, a copy editor, a couple publicists and it NEEDS to come out- so I changed the title & the blurb and it was accepted.

It therefore had to be changed EVERYWHERE and I also had to have my cover updated at my expense.

I am still feeling conflicted about this, but I really didn’t have a choice. I self published to be able to write whatever I wanted and not be censored, but when you need retailers to carry your book apparently that doesn’t matter.

The new title is The Reality O (like reality show). I like it but I had to think of it in approximately a day & the old title had been the title for six months.

Here is the new blurb:

When my best friend Allie posted that I’d never been satisfied by a man on a prominent dating website it was meant to be a joke.
A joke she was supposed to delete.
But her post started an internet and media frenzy and, when I was offered fifty thousand dollars to star in my own reality competition show, I had no choice but to say yes.
The show was supposed to help me meet a sexy companion who could finally take care of business.
Unfortunately, the one person I want to win the undying allegiance of my, well, you know, can’t be in the running at all.
Now in an L.A. mansion with fifteen very persuasive contestants vying for my attention and one undeniably hot Production Assistant secretly getting it all the word ACTION has a whole new meaning…

The cover reveal with the NEW TITLE will be next Wednesday.. if you want to help let me know and I can send you all the info.

I have kept as much as I can of the original blurb on sites that allow it.

I would also like to note I have changed NOTHING in the book itself and that at least gives me comfort, but this whole experience has made me realize that even in self publishing there is still a gate keeper.

You can add The Reality O to Goodreads

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