Dirty Business at Apple

by Huck Pilgrim

Looks like Dirty Business will never appear at Apple.

I’m told the censors have banned it for underage sex, despite the fact that Dirty Business doesn’t contain any underage sex. Dirty Business has been scrutinized by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the other players, but Apple is a bit more picky than most. I really wanted it at Apple. I went through and tried to massage the story to get it past the sensors, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

Serious sad face.

Looks like the same may be happening with Summer Shorts 2, which is really strange because it’s a collection of three stories, each of which is already published separately at Apple right now, and the book itself (Summer Shorts 2) had previously been available in the iTunes store for almost a year, but then I took it down for a few months to promote it in the exclusive KDP program, and now I can’t get it back. More bummer.

So I’m going to have to develop a better sense for what will fly at Apple and what will not. I don’t mind having a book banned, but I’m trying to earn some money. You can’t earn any money if you’re book doesn’t appear in the stores. Five Finger Discount, a story of a boy getting blackmailed into sex with a much older man, made it earlier this month no problem.