Cramming a few posts into one! If you care about the Radio Edit, you’re looking for the Cussing section.
Itâ€™s less than a month until Peace State is out. Youâ€™ve still got time to pre-order your own copy! For those of you who want the version that is truly chock-full of swears, hereâ€™s a wee link roundup if youâ€™d like to pre-order the ebook at the bigger Usual Suspects:
But I also know itâ€™s being sold through smaller (aka I donâ€™t really know them) outlets, and the paperback should also be available everywhere. Eventually. At the very least, once itâ€™s out, you should be able to ask your fav indie bookshop to order it for you!
Here’s the trailer, which Iâ€™m using to celebrate having passed the one month mark:
And hereâ€™s the cover for that version, in case you havenâ€™t seen it.
You have probably already guess that, like the first two books in this trilogy, Peace State is Really Quite Sweary. Really.
The short version: Whist there is less swearing in this book than the last, thereâ€™s more than in the first book. Which, please believe me, is still more than those of you who donâ€™t like swearing think. But I have also made a Radio Edit version, just for you anti-swearing people, where Iâ€™ve removed the cussing but not all the rude words. (Pre-order that version here.)
The long versionâ€¦
Actually, Iâ€™m going to refer you back to the swearing post for Peace Fire for all the context and thoughts and such. Here, Iâ€™m going to tell you the numbers (whilst using enough censorship that this post stays swear-free). You know, in case youâ€™re skipping the other swearing post and so still underestimate just how swear-y this sequel is.
Letâ€™s pull out ye olde swear jar and calculate the damage. In my 329 pages of story, the following words (or variations thereof) show up the number of times listed here:
- F-word: 199
- S-word: 198
- D-word: 59
- H-word: 50 (This is after subtracting false positives, because this also returned words like â€œshellâ€ and â€œhelloâ€)
- Rude words related to male genitals: 3 (but only when used in that sense, because, for instance, one can be cocky or be pricked by a needle and thatâ€™s not rude)
- A-word: 79 (Spelled the â€œusualâ€ way or the variant that includes an R. This is after subtracting false positives, because this also returned words like â€œparse,â€ â€œassume,â€ â€œpassword,â€ etc. In fact, there were about 165 of those false positives, and I am paranoidly sure I missed something in my edits. Apologies in advance if thatâ€™s so.)
- B-words: 31 of one and 25 of the other (Plus once instance of â€œbastardized,â€ which research tells me isnâ€™t a swear, so I left it in.)
- Because it is of special concern to some of you, whether you read the normal or edited version, I want to note that I did not use the Lordâ€™s name in vain.
But, as promised when I made the first one happen, Peace State gets a Radio Edit version as well. (And now Iâ€™m going to pretty much repeat what was in the first post. If you just re-read that, unless you need to know the other, less-likely to offend US English people words in there, you now know everything! Well, everything covered by this post.)
I called it the Radio Edit because, as most of you probably know, music is a massive part in my life. When I think about voluntarily censoring something Iâ€™ve created, my mind immediately goes to radio edits of songs. Though I could totally use words on the radio that Iâ€™ve taken out of the Radio Edit. I could also have way more sexiness on the radio than youâ€™ll find in the Radio Edit.
Because itâ€™s the culture in which the story takes place (and, yes, what counts as swearing varies based on which English-speaking country youâ€™re in), I did the edit based on US English swearing. It should be good for you non-swearing folks in general, given my experience has been that, overall, US English is the most limiting variation. Unless you have a problem with words like â€œcrap,â€ â€œpiss,â€ and â€œjerk,â€ in which case I really canâ€™t scale it back enough for you. (I also left in phrases like â€œthe evidence was damningâ€ because there are non-swearing uses of words that US English considers swears in other contexts.)
Actually, hereâ€™s list of words that are something like those mentioned in the last paragraph that are not edited out or were actively used to replace actual swears:
The swearing was not removed by just using the Find and Replace function. (For instance, I did not just replace every f-bomb with the same word.) That would have left a massively inferior book (instead of one that I just feel isnâ€™t as authentic sounding). What actually happened is that I made a list of every swear word I could think of and a few extra-rude words, and then I used Find to locate them. (If I missed anything, please accept my most sincere apologies. The cost of a full line edit and the impact on timelines was not something we could work out.) I then made changes on a case-by-case basis. (Which only confirmed my belief that swear words serve particular purposes and carry their own, unique connotations and nuances. But this edit isnâ€™t about me; itâ€™s about you. So, I did my best for you, all things considered.)
Because itâ€™s not the way things are normally done and due to the cost (in terms of time, money, and energy), it will only be an ebook. Currently, Amazon is the only place Iâ€™ve confirmed it will be available for pre-order. (If you donâ€™t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app to your computer or device. Thatâ€™s what I use!) If you search for Peace State at your preferred ebook supplier, unless the cover is the one you see above (with the Radio Edit stamp on it) and the description notes that it has been edited for swearing, I canâ€™t guarantee thatâ€™s what youâ€™re getting. Shop carefully!
Peace State (Radio Edit) is now available for pre-order here