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Gay author has his book canceled by publisher because of bio

On Saturday, August 24th, 2013

gay authorIt is an authors dream to have their manuscript accepted for publication, but imagine if a manuscript was accepted but later publication canceled, not because of the content of the book, but the author’s bio. This was reality for a couple of authors in Utah. As reported by The Salt Lake Tribune on August 21, authors David Powers King and Michael Jensen had their book canceled by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media because the author bio contained the word “boyfriend”.

The book “Woven” is a young-adult fantasy novel that both authors are very proud of and so was Cedar Fort Publishing until they discovered through the author’s bio that one of the authors were gay. The book, which was scheduled to be released on Oct. 8, was canceled because the company refused to publish the book as long as Jensen’s bio remained unchanged.

The bio included the following sentence which was omitted:

“He lives in Salt Lake City with his boyfriend and their four dogs.”

When Jensen emailed acquisitions editor about the omission, she told him they couldn’t include the reference to his boyfriend because of the company that owned Cedar Fort Publishing, a church-owned company named Desert Book. The editor claimed the books wouldn’t be stocked on the shelves, despite the publisher feeling that “Woven” would be their best seller.

Jensen wouldn’t give up and talked to the owner of Ceder Fort Publishing, who claimed Jensen had an agenda, and that’s when the real issue became clear to the author.

“Lyle [the owner] started yelling about my ‘agenda’ and how I was trying to destroy families. He even started saying inappropriate things about how God had given me a penis for a reason. It was very uncomfortable.”

Jensen states that the company knew he was gay when they signed him. He did have his rights to the book returned after publication was canceled. It is sad and frustrating for an author to have a book not be published because of who he loves. But one publisher’s loss will be another publisher’s gain.

About - Tarringo T. Vaughan always believed he had a love affair with literature. One of the first pictures he saw of himself was of him at maybe the age of three or four year’s old sitting with a book in his hand. But for Tarringo, growing up in the depths of the inner city both in Boston, MA and Springfield, MA made him believe that expression through the literary voice was un-cool and unattainable. As a very quiet and shy child he learned it became very valuable in his self expression. Born in 1976, Tarringo was the first child, grandchild and nephew in a family that had grown accustomed to struggle. His mother was a teenager who quickly lost the support of my father who today he knows very little of. These aspects of his life triggered the inspiration of his pen.

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