2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



COPPA Compliance | The Struggles of Writing Yaoi In America




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Publishing Gay fiction?


Ok, so currently I'm just a fanfic writer but I do one day want to publish my own book once I've grown secure enough with my writing skills as well as my story telling.

Now, I believe I do know what story I would like to write and I've had this idea for years (it started as a HPLV fanfic but I felt that it was AU enough for me to turn it into an original work seeing as the only thing that remained from the HP universe was the fact that there are wizards and the houses which were difficult enough to implement so I can totally scratch that YAY).

Now, as you read, it is obviously a gay story. It is a fantasy book about a boy who changes the heart of an evil man. It is also going to be a tragic story. There won't be any sexual play or anything beyond a kiss as its focus will be more on character development and how the story is influenced by the romance of two such people.

However, I am concerned how well would such a book do? I know that the LGBT community is growing, but how many would buy it?

I thought about changing the protagonist to a girl but feel reluctant as the protagonist was always a guy in my mind (the antagonist will remain a male one way or another). So here I am, asking people here, how well would such a book do if the story is catching of course and everything else was done right. Would the book suffer from the gay pairing, would its chances of doing well lower?


(NOTE: This question originally had a link to the original question, via Reddit's embed feature, but that discussion thread has since been removed by Reddit, so the embed feature shows a blank instead of a link, so, now only the text without any links remains)



You said boy and man... that means you are writing Shota (a love relationship between a man over 18 and a boy under 18 - even if the characters are just 17 and 19). Please know that there are only a handful of genres that are banned from publication in America (as in actually banned by the US government via the law title: 18 U.S.C. § 2257 ) and Shota is one of them.

If you attempt to self-publish Shota on Kindle, Amazon WILL ban you from buying and selling on Amazon, they will delete your account and put a block on the ispn of your computer (meaning if your parents or siblings have computers in your same house, their accounts will be banned by Amazon as well, as the ispn is the same for the entire household).

If you publish Shota on your blog or website, US law requires you put up something known as:

COPPA Compliance & Disclaimers

It'll usually be a notice in your site footer that reads something like this:

"This site meets the requirements of COPPA/CDA/CIPA/Obscenity/18 U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance and is not selling adult-fetish services and/or products to minors and all models seen in sexualized images are over the age of 18"

If you want to publish Shota, you will need to first find a publisher in Japan (the only country with any publishing houses that accept Shota manuscripts) and plan on your books NEVER seeing the light of day in America outside of the child porn blackmarket underground.

Please note too, that the FBI WILL be knocking on your door, they WILL put a trace on your computer, phone, and emails, and you WILL be taken in to your local FBI office for questioning. Plan on getting to know your local FBI agents on a first name basis, you'll be seeing a lot of them for the next 20 or 30 years of you life once the book is published.

Also plan on getting to know the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church up close and personal. (they blew up my house with a bomb, filled my motorhome with sewage, took my cats cut their heads off and nailed them to my door, then left a big white cross in my yard in the hole where my house was before the bomb blew it up... welcome to the real world of being a published Yaoi author in America.)

Start memorizing the Bill of Rights, know what your local state laws are regarding the limits of freedom of speech. (Such as if you live in Florida, you can still go to prison for writing a gay couple as that law which was passed in the 1950s is still on the books and has not yet been overturned). And get a damned good lawyer... you'll need him.

And become VERY familiar with COPPA/ 18 U.S.C. § 2257

What that means is you need to be familiar with the USA Obscenity laws:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_obscenity_law

and CIPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Internet_Protection_Act

and COPPA/ 18 U.S.C. § 2257 is the big one you want to comply withhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Online_Privacy_Protection_Act

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Protection_and_Obscenity_Enforcement_Act

and you should at least skim over the Wiki page on internet censorship http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship

Please note that you are treading DANGEROUS grounds in attempting to publish Shota... if found guilty of promoting child porn, the fine is $250,000 and 25 years in prison.

There's a reason there are so few professionally published Yaoi authors in America...freedom of speech, freedom of press, is not nearly as free as you think it is.

SOURCE: I'm the professionally published author of a long running Yaoi series and am constantly being called in to the local FBI office to answer questions about my writing "child porn" and have been sued a total of 7 times by "outraged indignant super Christian parents" and spent many years in court defending my right to write Yaoi. Each court case takes up about 3 to 4 years of time and lots of money. If you plan to try to publish Shota in USA, plan on this sort of thing happening to you to. You might want to do a little research into the difficulties of publishing Yaoi with under 18 characters in it in the USA.


Where is the line drawn for child pornography in fiction? from writing

Where is the line drawn for child pornography in fiction? (self.writing)submitted 10 hours ago by curlycue104

If I were to write a story involving the rape of a minor and tried to publish it, what are the limits I have to follow in order to make sure it is not child pornography? Am I allowed to describe the scene? The rape is central to the story. I've read books involving this sort of content before, but I'm not sure what's appropriate and what's not.


–]kzielinskiHobbyist 10 points 10 hours ago* 

What is appropriate depends on your target market, and is really at the discretion of publishers. What is legal is a completely separate story. I'm not aware of any Western countries that outlaw descriptions of paedophilia. There are quite a few published books that include paedophilia and some of them are quite graphic.


[–]DeadLantern- 5 points 9 hours ago 

If you read Lolita, you know that the line is non-existant... For actually writing it. The police won't bust down the door if you do that. It's fantasy. But, getting a publisher to do that would be hard. Getting people to read it would be hard. But, if it's like George RR Martin's approach to this aka not very essential to the plot and not in grave detail, you should be fine.


>>I'm not aware of any Western countries that outlaw descriptions of paedophilia.

America

Federal Law: COPPA/ 18 U.S.C. § 2257

if found guilty of promoting child porn, the fine is $250,000 and 25 years in prison.

You can write it, but you are walking a thin line. You need to become VERY familiar with COPPA/ 18 U.S.C. § 2257

What that means is you need to be familiar with the USA Obscenity laws:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_obscenity_law

and CIPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Internet_Protection_Act

and COPPA/ 18 U.S.C. § 2257 is the big one you want to comply with

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Online_Privacy_Protection_Act

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Protection_and_Obscenity_Enforcement_Act

and you should at least skim over the Wiki page on internet censorship

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship

https://www.eelkat.com/COPPA-compliance-on-writing-yaoi.html

SOURCE: I'm the professionally published author of a long running Yaoi series, which features the rape of a 15 year old boy (graphically described on page - had the scene been written in fade to black or had it only been mentioned in passing, there would be no issue - the issue is the fact that the rape scene happens, in detail, on page), and am constantly being called in to the local FBI office, and 21 different local police stations, and 2 different branches of the state police, to answer questions about my writing "child porn" and have been sued a total of 7 times by "outraged indignant super Christian parents" and spent many years in court defending my right to write Yaoi. Each court case takes up about 3 to 4 years of time and lots of money. If you plan to try to publish child rape in USA, plan on this sort of thing happening to you to. You might want to do a little research into the difficulties of publishing child rape, child porn, and Yaoi with under 18 characters in it in the USA

If you pay attention to what's published, sex with any one under 18 in books is always "MENTIONED" but not "SEEN". You'll see a kid chased, stalked, attacked, beted, dragged off, hear their screams... but the scene always fades to black before the sex starts.

In the case of my own series, there is a scene where the boy is attacked and stripped naked, and a line stating that

"the penetration hurt causing him to struggle even more against his attacker"....

that one line, is the only line.

The boy grows up terrified of sex, terrified of being touched, and over all suffering from severe PTSD.

Later in the same novel, the 2 characters meet again, but now the 15 year old boy is 30 years old adult. A fact that is very clearly stated. Because he is scared of sex, he is beaten up, teased, and bullied by his peers, who in one scene strip him naked and torture him grizzly and nearly murder him. He is rescued from them, by the same man whom had raped him as a child. This man takes him in and cares for him (note this is a Medieval setting and there are no doctors or hospitals). It is nearly a year before he is recovered from his injuries and able to get up and walk around again. At which point he doesn't leave, but rather stays with the man who had formerly raped him, and at that point they become lovers, and then there is the graphically details sex scenes that are out right porn scenes.

The novel in question by the way, which these scenes come from, is BoomFuzzy, Volume 3 of The Quaraun Series:

The issue brought up by the self-righteous do-goodies who complained, as pointed out to me by police officers, FBI agents, lawyers, and court judges, is the fact that READERS FALSELY ASSUMED that the boy was STILL a 15 year old boy, later in the book when the full on porn scenes happen, and for some reason, had completely overlooked the fact that 15 years had gone by since the rape scene, and he was now himself a 30 year old adult.

In the end, each court case got thrown out of court on grounds of the complainers filing false complaints, because no evidence of child porn could be found.

However, the fact remains, if you do write a scene including sex with a minor and someone decides to complain, they CAN take you to court, the police CAN arrest you for publishing in, and the FBI WILL be there to tear your life apart, because COPPA/ 18 U.S.C. § 2257 is a Federal Law, and IF the judge finds you guilty of promoting child porn, the fine is $250,000 and 25 years in prison.

In my case it was a local church group, whose complaint was that they wanted me removed from their town (a town I had lived in for 50+ years and they had only just moved into) on grounds that I was in their words "dangerous to their children, just look at what she writes". Note too that in the latest case (the 2015 one: State of Maine, Biddeford District Court: Docket #BDDC-PA-2015-00574) they appealed it after the judge threw it out, and it went to Superior Court where the case lasted for 9 months before being thrown out of court again.


>>For actually writing it. The police won't bust down the door if you do that.

Actually, YES, they WELL, be knocking down you door.

The SWAT team that stormed into my home on April 10, 2015 did $10k in damages to my motorhome when they literally tore the door off and then smashed all my furniture.

Something that they did without a warrant, I might add.


I ran into issues because of a 15 year old character, having a relationship with an adult villan of unspecified age, but who was portrayed as a child predator. The novel is me 2nd best selling novel, but 80% of my sales are to Japan. Germany being 2nd in sales, Brazil being 3rd in sales. The rest of the planet making up fewer then 2% of sales.

Even though America is only a small fraction of that 2%, 97% of all copies sold in America have been returned and to date I've received more them 200 angry emails from American readers including more then a dozen death threats.

The story is not Romance, it's Horror, and the boy is the main character. It ends with the predator adult commit suicide, and the boy then turning on his family and killing his family, blaming them for driving his "lover" to suicide.

The boy was portrayed as having Stockholm Syndrome (psychosis caused by a rape victim who developed sympathy for the rapist and defends the rapists instead of the people trying to help him.)

The reason the novel got attacked by hate was because so many young readers were calling is "gay Romance" even though it was not Romance at all. The entire story is very violent, and was written to show the horrors of living through child abuse and the damage that it can cause to a young person's mind when they are traumatized by someone they trust.

I was flabbergasted when readers started hailing it "the greatest dub-con BDSM gay romance ever" (according to one reviewer)... I never intended it to be seen as a romance novel and sadly the very reason it became so popular and got so many sales was because teens were reading it as though it was a gay romance! It was the American readers who were calling it Romance and the parents of teen readers who were getting upset over it.

I am Scottish, not American, so I find it difficult to grasp the American habit of romanticizing rape into a fetish, but that is what readers were doing.

In any case, this is why I warn you to use caution when writing a relationship (good or bad) between a character. under 18 and one over 18.

I'd highly recommend you put the "boy's" age as exactly 18 or even 19 to be on the safe side.

Other than the age of the younger character, you shouldn't have trouble with writing/publishing gay literature.

As for your worries of people hating on gay books and seeking readers, MOST publishing houses accept gay manuscripts now, and most readers are no longer shocked to encounter gay couples in books.

When it comes to people being upset over LGBTQ+ books, I've found that it's NOT the LGBTQ+ community that will be your biggest critics, but rather fundamental extremist Christian-hate groups (I'm not talking about your average Christian person, but rather I'm referring to radical groups like Westboro Baptist Church and the Ku Klux Klan). It seems that WestBoro Baptist Church actually has a team of members who do nothing but look for new releases of LGBTQ+ books specifically so they can target the authors by sending hate mail to them. They are EXTREMELY anti-gay and can be VERY violent, and are considered to be a domestic terrorist group, so if you do get contacted by them, don't ignore it, call the FBI immediately. The FBI has a team of agents who are assigned JUST to protecting authors of gay literature from groups like those. Sadly, we live in a world where authors of gay literature need that kind of protection. :(

Thankfully since the leader of Westboro died last year, they have become less active, so perhaps their attacks on gay authors will become less and soon stop entirely. There's always that hope. :) It seems to that they only target authors of the New England region, seeing how they are themselves based in New England, so if you live outside of New England you shouldn't ever hear from them - hopefully.

That said, the attacks by gay haters on authors of gay literature are not as common as they were in the 1970s to 1990s. It happens far less frequently these days. Which is a good thing. It means there is more understanding out there.

How well would a book about gay wizards do in sales?

My primary series (the Yaoi one) is about a polyamouros bi-sexual, transvestite wizard. He has 2 male lovers and 4 wives. The series spaces 130 volumes, only 5 of which are available in print though. Each volume sells around 7,000 copies over the course of about 4 years time.

Sales are not huge, but at the same time, my sales are far above and beyond what is considered "average" for a self-published series.

I don't think a book would suffer from a gay pairing, but there are fewer readers actively seeking out books with a gay pairing, so you can expect fewer sales for that reason. But most readers are not going to NOT read a book, just because it features a gay pairing.

So, yes, go ahead and write your book with a gay couple... but just be careful of the age of the younger character. Make him 18.

If it's a school setting, change it to a University, make him a first year college student (18+) instead of a high school student.




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