AH. Getting out of my own concerns for a moment to say: CONSIDER PARENTS. I was at a free-to-the public comic convention in the Galleria Mall's food court (White Plains, NY). The event got a good reaction, but it was a little like a subway station, noisy and fast moving. I wound up handing out fliers to passer-bys announcing 4 free ebooks. I had to hand write "Free this weekend" on the handout, and it took up all my time (it was designed for something else). Anyway...one woman had a young boy with her. I handed her a flier and gave her the 3 second version of the property. As she walked away, she turned around and asked me "Is it safe for him." and gestured to her son, who was pulling her to a table with some actual comic books. Because my books have no curses, I said "Yeah, I think so."
BUT - here's the thing: it's chancy. Plenty of my pieces are weird and a little dark. Plenty are light hearted and fun. I could easily have underlined the most suitable books for her. I just didn't think of it.
As it is, the book that got the most downloads over the weekend was "The Size Of Minneapolis Upright", which has children on the cover. That's my friendliest story - maybe tied with Not So Bad. But even Upright (or S O M U) has a disturbing scene in it that a parent should know about.
It's too bad too., I have so much free material with no issues at all that I could have steered parents to. It just never occurred to me (the 22 100 word sequels, MOST of the free KOBO excerpts (the Bon Fire excerpt is just adults talking (boring to kids), and the Brawling Of Demons excerpt is a LONG Kung Fu fight scene with cruelty. 2 of the other 4 excerpts feature lots of useless machine gun fire, but no one gets shot). Shame on me for not thinking of this earlier. If YOU have an upcoming event, give it a little forethought. There’s nothing too bad in Thrill Kings. It’s G, PG, or PG 13 so far, but it would have been easy to point to the G rated material.