Before this morning I had never heard of Nick Cole. Now I’ve purchased his latest book. It sounds like an interesting book, sci-fi stuff with machines fighting the world. But that’s not the reason I picked it up. The reason is because his publisher, the miserable HarperVoyager refused to publish it because it offended their delicate sensibilities. They justified this reasoning by saying that Nick would lose 50% of his readership. In Nick’s words:
“… They demanded it be deleted without discussion. They felt it was for… the “greater good.” That is censorship, and a violation of everyone’s right to free speech. They demanded it be so or else… I wouldn’t be published. That’s how they threatened a writer with a signed contract.
I am a writer.
No. One. Will Ever. Bully. Me.
I am a writer …”
His book is tearing up the kindle sales charts. I hope his publishers are right now purchasing extra-large brown underwear. This is why Amazon is such a big deal. In the past he would have been defeated. He would have had to play ball with the gatekeepers. Writers don’t have to play ball any more. I think this event is really important. Buy his book. You know why.