A post worth reading. I always include diverse characters in my books because I live in a world with diverse characters.
Originally posted on Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ author Renée Reynolds:
My esteemed colleagues,
We have a very long way to go.
Most of us say “Diversity in literature is really important,” and/or “I am not racist/ ableist/homophobic,” and/or “Of course, I would buy a romance novel by or about a person of color/gay or lesbian/disabled person.” But when was the last time you did?
When was the last time you bought a romance by an author, or about a character, with a different cultural, historical, or physical experience than your own? About a person with a different skin color, nationality, religion? About a gay man or lesbian or transgender person? When was the last time you bought a romance with a physically or mentally disadvantaged hero or heroine? A novel about people who live in the margins?
When was the last time you wrote one?
Women are overlooked in myriad areas of publishing—book contracts, sales, awards…
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Spent the day finding and converting Word files into PDFs. The problem was, I’d sort of deliberately deleted the Word files I’d used to create my EPUB and MOBI files. Long story.
It wasn’t till the final book that I figured out I could export backwards from the ever-awesome Jutoh program into Open Office (which opens in Word) and the entire thing went pretty flawlessly.
So anyway… while I do have a couple of books exclusively on Amazon while I experiment with KD and KU, three other full length novels and two short stories are now available as PDFs at AllRomance eBooks. For those who are prefer to read that way.
From their website: Harrington Park Press, previously the LGBTQ imprint of The Haworth Press (now part of Routledge/Taylor & Francis) is now re-launched as a specialized academic/scholarly print and ebook publisher devoted to emerging topics in LGBTQ diversity, equality, and inclusivity.
Huh. No idea when that happened, but I found out this morning when the Bill Cohen, Owner/Publisher, requested we connect on LinkedIn. Of course I accepted.
My very first sale was to Haworth/Harrington back in ’07. I’d submitted a short story to their then-acquisitions editor, awesome author and all-round great guy, Greg Herren, and he said the story was too long for his anthology, but would I consider expanding it into a novel for Haworth. I tried, but that particular story wasn’t expandable, so instead I offered him GYM DANDY, which he accepted. We got as far as a “coming soon” placeholder on the Haworth website when Haworth was acquired by Taylor & Francis. They only wanted the non-fiction titles and that left us fictioneers in limbo for a while.
Eventually, I got my rights back and sold the book to MLR Press, and more recently, self-published it. But I met some great people while we were trying to figure out what was going on with our books, including Toronto author Jeffrey Round who was very supportive of my stumbling efforts when I was just starting out.
So, huh. I don’t think I write what Harrington is looking for, but you might. Check ’em out.
I’ve been watching a cute little show called “Benched” about a high powered lawyer who for reasons unknown because I didn’t see the pilot, is now working in the public defender’s office.
She’s smart, dedicated, hard-working, attractive, well-dressed and certainly no pushover. I enjoyed the show till I began to grasp—after only 2 or 3 episodes—the overarching character arc is for the main character to learn to be likable. The fact that she’s competent, hard-working and successful is all well and good, but a woman should be all those things PLUS LIKABLE. Especially if, in the case of this show, she’s better at her job than her male counterparts.
She’s too driven, too competent. The other guys in her office (guys) are slackers. They’ve learned the system, they’re sure all their defendants are guilty, they play witty little games in court at their clients’ expense. She, on the other hand, works hard for her clients, but apparently for the wrong “moral” reason: She like to win. If I were her client, I wouldn’t care if her motivation to get me declared innocent was a $10 bet, I’d just appreciate her efforts.
Every day when she arrives at work, they all take pot-shots at her outfits. If something happens like she spills coffee on her outfit, they think it’s not just funny, but deserved. This, to me, is the very definition of hostile workplace.
A much more interesting character arc would be she inspires the jaded male lawyers to step up and practice some actual law.
The reason this troubles me is that several times lately within writing community, I’ve seen authors talking about “the taming of the strong woman” as a theme. Of course, they don’t realize that’s quite what they’ve said, but—sigh—they have.
I find this trend (is it a trend?) disturbing. Have we come only a short way, baby?
I won’t be watching “Benched” any more.
The problem w being productive is once tasks you must do & tasks you like to do are done, you have to do the stuff you hate. #CrappyReward
Finished “short” synopsis. 3 single-spaced pages is a bit long, but who cares? Tomorrow the blurb! #AmWriting