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I did not know a book could be woke. Interesting.

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One of my favourite pieces of advice I ever heard was “when they zig, you zag”.

So true.

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Well, this little spder I'm circulating now is... heh heh heh, We'll see how it does.

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Maybe they should market radical, far-left books as something that also doubles as toilet paper. Might help to sell some of the stock as people are always going to need to wipe their ass with something.

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I'm impressed people can write entire books fast enough to refelect current affairs. I'd be lucky if I could capture things happening in 2002.

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Have you seen Doubt? Think the priest was being truthful?

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I like what you said Chuck but not the daily mail article. I'm not white and I didn't find any editor to take on my debut because they didn't know where it fits. I guess the industry doesn't pause to consider the skin colour of the young talent it crushes.

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It's sort of weird that I haven't heard of either of the novels. I'm curious how they were marketed, exactly. Was it assumed TikTok word-of-mouth would be enough?

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Barring satire, contemporary, overtly political fiction—especially in the realm of identity politics—is off-putting. Even if you have an agenda, if the work reads like it was written by an ideologue, then you’re writing for an echo chamber audience, which doesn’t boast much for progress. I say this as someone who struggles with dogma in my writing.

I’m indifferent toward the political leanings of memoirs but when they’re written to exploit current events, it’s yucky. I suppose the safety net of a ‘memoir’ provides room for future capitulation and backpedaling apologetics, as opposed to an autobiography, which ultimately concludes with your ‘true self’.

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The phrase "woke books" made me chuckle. But I think I understand your point. Writers should be leading the culture, or attempt to lead the culture, not ride the waves of trendy subjects for the hopes of more attention. But isn't leading with a new idea a big risk? You could fail and look stupid and then nobody will love you until after you die! Maybe that's why jumping on the bandwagon of what's popular seems like the safe option.

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I get your point Chuck, but I hate the Daily Mail and its vendatta against anything it considers 'woke'.

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It appears that Chuck linked to the same article twice. Or am I mistaken?

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I try to leave out any public figure that would place my story at a specific time. I feel like it's hard to use technology in the story and not date it, since it changes faster than any president

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Lol @ the Daily Mail link

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Golden 👌🔥

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