Over the last week or so, I’ve been having an “Adult” or “Safe” argument with Amazon Kindle. As a writer of smut, I have to tread a fine line on the cover art selected for my books.
This is the latest cover for Seduced by the Dark Side and while I like it, doesn’t really float my boat for a farm girl.
The cover below for “Seduced by the Dark Side” was the original and the one I really loved. For a while, it was marked as “Safe” which in Amazon speak means that it shows up in the search engines and people can easily find it.
When I pick a cover image, first it must speak to me (in the ear preferably) and should relate to the story in question. Seduced by the Dark Side is a feel good smut story, as most of mine are, about a farm girl from Minnesota who longs for the bright lights of the big city. So with help from her parents, gets a job with a large casino/hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard.
If you’ve ever been to the baggage terminal at McCarran Airport, you know that it’s a voyeur’s dream. Besides the non-stop parade of dancers who commute here from Southern Cal, there are the housewives in for a weekend away from the parents and kiddies. This all means skin and lots of it, so the people watching is extra good.
So we picture our little farm girl, waiting for her luggage, and she strikes up a conversation with a dancer standing there. One thing leads to another and she ends up in the back end of a limo full of strippers. Naturally, the plot goes exactly where you’d expect it to. For more on Seduced by the Dark Side, click here.
So when I picked out the original image for the story, the girl in a t-shirt and shorts was wholesome yet a little slutty and seemed ripe to be dragged into the Dark Side where most of my girls typically end up.
The story coasted along for a long time and then Amazon rejected the cover apparently as there was a hint of nipple poking through the t-shirt. Another one of my pet peeves is I don’t like girls to wear a bra and can trot out Wifey to prove my point, upon demand. So I reluctantly substituted this cover and life was good. Amazon changed my rating from Adult back to Safe, but secretly I seethed.
I let the cover stay for a few months, then switched it back hoping that the censors at Amazon wouldn’t notice. But No, No, No! They brought out the Nun with her ruler and rapped me across the knuckles.
So last weekend, I created a cover with a new girl and now have my Safe rating back. I like the new picture and while she looks a lot like Wifey, except no big hair, she’s not really farm girl material. She’s got the slut look I love but I can’t picture her milking cows.
I was a little concerned as the model had pulled her unbuttoned shorts down to almost showing her naughty bits but apparently, it was good enough.
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