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ASP 71: Should You Be a Controversial Author?

“I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I’m afraid it will not be controversial.”

– Flannery O’Connor

It’s important for authors to take a strong stance to build a strong and loyal audience. But topics like politics and religion elicit very strong reactions from people. Barrie and Steve talk about being a controversial author and how to maintain your authenticity when controversial topics come up.

“I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial.” - Flannery O'Connor

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • Steve’s recent experience posting some controversial remarks on Facebook and lessons learned
  • The impact of sharing your feelings on controversial topics to social media on your author business
  • How to maintain your authenticity when you censor yourself
  • What you can learn from authors who write and talk about controversial topics and do so successfully
  • How your niche or topic can help determine what you should avoid talking about
  • The difference between being controversial and being offensive
  • Barrie’s rule of thumb when it comes to posting about controversial topics on social media

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