HUSHED, the sequel to HUSH, coming November, 15th, 2014, and is now available for Pre-order.
(click on cover to pre-order)
The last time I posted anything on HUSH was back in November of 2013. After looking back – actually looking down behind this post – I expressed some issues regarding ratings and reviews.
Fast forward. . .
So far I have been accused of being ~
a sex offender
a sexually abused survivor
a person with a “sick imagination”
While I would genuinely love to state that I AM exactly all of the above I am actually far from it. In fact, I’m just a struggling writer/author who happened to write a book about an young naive American suburban girl thrust into the world of prostitution by the people she trusted. That’s it. Nothing more. Happily ever after, right?. . .Far from it!
For those of you reading this post, I am referring to my self-published novel “HUSH” which was released back in April of 2013.
The Good News about HUSH is:
it’s currently (not permanently) #1 on Amazon’s UK Best Sellers – 2 months running, I believe?. #1 on Amazon – on and off for the last month. #2 on Amazon CA, and #2 on Amazon AU, and has garnished almost 200 reviews.
The Bad News about HUSH is:
It’s been receiving it’s share of 1 & 2 Star reviews.
So far HUSH has been branded as:
a Piece of Crap
A Guide to Pedophile Porn
A Book about Porn
A Book Written by a Pedophile
And that HUSH is:
Full of Grammatical Errors
Writing Style is Awful
Words Don’t Exist in Dictionaries
Needs Serious Editing
Reads more like Fiction than Non-Fiction
HUSH obviously Written by a Teen
HUSH poorly written
Now for the reader(s) reading this post, all this negativity is enough to make any Indie author cringe, right? Of course. And believe me, I’ve done my share of the “15 second weep”. But in a nutshell, I really don’t mind the negative reviews because it just lets me know where my book is, and where it stands.
As a self-publisher I really can’t afford a $2000-$3000 Editor. And even if I did consider hiring a professional editor, my book will still suffer its share of spelling and grammatical errors as there is no absolute guarantee that the editor will make my book read 100% flawless. And as an avid reader myself, believe me, I’ve read many Best Sellers with their share of editorial mistakes. But I do try not to emphasize so much on the editor’s mistakes as I tend to emphasize more on the story telling of the book. Something I wished all Readers would emphasize on particularly with HUSH.
I will be the first to admit that when I first released HUSH, I really didn’t give much thought to how the book was presented both in style and grammar as I was just excited and overly anxious to get my book out there in the public mainstream. I didn’t realize that my “over anxiousness” would suffer HUSH’s consequences of grammar and spelling complaints. So in that I’ve learned a huge lesson. . .And so I say this to you, Indie author: Do Not Publish Your Novel “AS IS”. Take the time to read, and re-read and make all the necessary corrections prior to publishing no matter how anxious you are to get it published.
Now as with any and all books, Readers will either love your book or hate your book. And with this stated, there is no gray area here, and the same gray area also applies to HUSH. Because HUSH is such a touchy subject because it deals strictly with child/teen prostitution and sex-trafficking, and not everyone will like it. But for the ones that do, it will make reading HUSH all the more worthwhile.
Since Hush’s debut in April of this year, and despite the lack in Star Ratings & Reviews, HUSH has been listed in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid in Kindle store. Despite the fact that I view Hush more as a “curiousity factor” rather than an “interest” on readers’ behalf, I honestly do not mind. As long as Hush sells and people are reading it, that is good enough for me. Not bad for an Indie author in a sea of 3+ million authors!
Here is HUSH’s new cover
A while back ago I received an email from a concerned buyer who purchased my adult fiction novel, HUSH and asked why and what possessed me to write such a graphically disturbing story about a young suburban high school girl forced into child prostitution? And for a while I ignored these very important questions, and not because I didn’t want to answer them it’s just I couldn’t find the right words to answer the questions with until now.
So WHY did I write such a graphically disturbing story about a young suburban high school girl forced into child prostitution?
Well first off, HUSH underwent four title changes: “Growing up trafficked”, “Jane/Diamond”, “The Girl”, and “Ask The Girl” before I eventually settled on “HUSH”.
Second, I was in shock when I began hearing and reading about American children being forced into prostitution by their families and their peers, and so I wanted to write something that would reflect the growing issue of this crises since it is an issue no one really cares to talk about because no one wants to know that child prostitution is actually happening here in America since we as Americans consider these issues to be “third world” issues and not ours. . .but that is no longer the case.
As I began writing HUSH my main focus was to tell a tale about a privileged young girl named Anna Jane Parker who falls victim to child prostitution by those she trusts, and that was it! End of story. My intent wasn’t to pen graphic details or graphic visualizations of gang rape, incest rape, sexual torture, and physical abuse as I wanted the story to remain clean, unnerving, and void of any disturbances that may disturb the reader. But as I began writing the first few pages I began to realize that you cannot write a novel of this nature without accompanying its dirty laundry because no one would buy it, let alone, read it. And so from that moment on I made a crucial decision that I would make HUSH a no-holds-barred, punch-you-in-the-gut novel that would not only shock an audience but would leave an audience with some form of realism.
So the question now is: Have I succeeded? I don’t know? Why? Well the book has sold but I’ve yet to sustain any reviews or ratings which is good because I’m not sure I would want to read a bad review or see a “1 Star” rating. . .But I will be the first to say that HUSH is a “first of its kind” because it ventures the reader beyond the norm of closed bedroom doors and motel rooms so that he/she can experience Jane’s situation first hand as I feel that a lot of novels tend to leave the reader cold once that door shuts in their tracks eventually leaving the reader to abandon the book or give it a bad review.
I understand that HUSH isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill-sex-trafficking novel or novels because it focuses on a girl who wasn’t kidnapped, drugged or sold into prostitution as she was merely betrayed into it thus setting it apart from the rest; and my purpose (adjacent to my previous focus) was to make HUSH more intimate; a novel that hits close to home, allowing the reader to grasp that this sort-of-situation can happen to any girl, be it a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a relative, and that you don’t have to be in a third world country for it to happen. . .Sex-trafficking, it’s happening here in our own front yards.
For the entire month of November, 2013, HUSH will be available on Kindle for $0.99.
Well faithfull readers (and God I’m hoping that atleast somone was reading this story since its onset and not just hitting the “like” button?) of “Hush” the book is now (drum roll please) available in its entirety, both in paperback and in digital print. Yay (‘.’)/! I just got my print copy today and it’s detestable considering that it’s “self-published” and not traditionally published which I am REALLY aiming for some day, fingers crossed! I have a few more novels in the making (well not in the making “making” ’cause they’ve already been penned) but actually in the early stages of transcending into self-published novels as well. So in closing, and while I would really love to end this post with “Buy My Book, Please!” I won’t ’cause that would only be groveling. So I will just end this post with, “Hush is now available in Kindle and book form if you want to buy it.” There!
Well in all my haste, I forgot to add the book summary to my novel “Hush”. And I thank the blogger who brought it to my attention. . .so Thank You:)
High school pretty Anna Jane Parker seems to have it all: a wealthy family, a new car, freedom, money, designer clothes, rich friends. But just beneath that privileged life, a dark, disturbing secret lies.
Two months into her freshman year at a prestigious high school, Jane meets Tanya Ray, a pretentious sixteen-year-old junior, and the two immediately become the best of friends. One night during a sleep over, Tanya’s seventeen-year-old brother Dominic, a very popular and influential senior coerces Jane into having sex with him. And what seems like puppy love for Jane will rear its ugly head, when at a party, she falls victim to a mixed drink laced in drugs followed by a multiple rape. Unsure of Dominic’s reaction after he walks into the bedroom and finds her naked and disoriented will become clear to Jane after she realizes the volatile act was a pre-meditated cruelty when she witnesses Dominic collecting money on her grievances.
Sensing an apprehension to keeping silent about the incident of having prostituted Jane unbeknownst to her, Dominic threatens to blackmail her reputation with video evidence of promiscuity if she doesn‘t agree to “working” for him. But when Jane refuses the threat, the lives of her family are instead threatened. And to keep her family safe from harm, Jane succumbs up until the moment to escape presents itself. But upon seizing the opportunity, Jane will unravel more to her fate than Dominic’s oppression.
Chapters 3 & 4 Follow this Post
Back in February 2009, I completed a novel titled “Growing up Traffic” now re-titled “HUSH” about suburban teens subjected to prostitution by other suburban teens. Unfortunately this novel was not what some agents were looking to represent, and other agents who took an interest suggested that I tone down the novel as it was graphic and somewhat intense due to the nature that my MC is only 14 years old. But because I was reluctant to do just that, simply because I felt it would only take away from the premise of the novel itself, I decided to leave the novel “as is”. Since it has been sitting on my shelf (aka, flashdrive) I decided that I would either do one or the other: Self-publish or publish it here in 2 Chapter increments at a time, three times a week. So I’m going to do both.
Before I start publishing, a quick warning to the fainthearted: This novel does contain scenes of physical abuse, violence, drug abuse, kidnapping, child sex exploitation, and graphic scenes of rape, gang-rape and incest.
Your comments are welcomed, good or bad, and will post once out of moderation. I thank you for reading, and for allowing this piece to shine here.
Devlin De La Chapa
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