17 December 2013 @ 12:32 pm
LGBT Publishing in 2013  
I was looking over publishers and what not (MOTIVATION AY!) and I found this article: http://www.malindalo.com/2013/10/2013-lgbt-ya-by-the-numbers/

And like it decreased and there aren't that many books focusing on females and even less focusing on transgender and intersex and of course they didn't say anything about bisexuals and it's like...shit man!
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Lost Shoe[personal profile] lostshoe on December 17th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
That's Kristin cashore talked about in her blogspot about being asked why she writes about women or girl protagonists. Like that's weird thing to write about. I don't understand how there isn't an audience or a mainstream publisher willing to publish more? A lot of what I try to write is woman/gay focus, that is really sad that there isn't a whole lot of it around in the big publishers.

Also, I did not realize that THERE WAS SO MANY MALE FOCUSED STORIES. I don't read a lot of guy-focused books...dude.

Edited 2013-12-17 11:33 pm (UTC)
Lady DT: lana[personal profile] leia_solo on December 17th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know I know joke about most of stuff having females protagonists but it's like stuff isn't equal. That graphic really made me sad but also determined to work on this book. Hopefully someone will like it.
Pointe Du Lac[personal profile] pointedulac on December 18th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Malinda Lo, who wrote that and does a lot of analysis of LGBT and Diversity in YA Lit, did write a series with a bisexual protagonist, called Adaptation.

But I do get irritated in media how rarely someone is allowed to be bi. I was watching Orange is the New Black, and I think it's a great show and I love that it's about women and so many different women, but the first few episodes I was so pissed off that kept saying Piper "got over" or "used t obe" a lesbian. SHE IS BI but they won't just SAY that. UGH.
Lady DT[personal profile] leia_solo on December 18th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)

And yeah totally agree about OITNB.
Lady DT[personal profile] leia_solo on December 18th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
And damn I should check closer when I'm reading stuff. She seems awesome.
claire_chan: quill icon[personal profile] claire_chan on December 18th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Let's get writing!
We can overcome that! :O

Every novel of mine has included a lesbian couple. I just haven't published any of them officially... yet...
Lady DT[personal profile] leia_solo on December 18th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: Let's get writing!
When you do publish them I want to read them!

And damn how many novels have you finished?
claire_chan: quill icon[personal profile] claire_chan on December 18th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's get writing!
Aww ♥ I remember writing five, but only two immediately spring to mind: Highly Strung and The Female Specimen.
HS is a musical epic set in an institution not unlike Curtis, and TFS is the remnants of a journal by Cecil Kyrges, a high school senior "scientist" at Witville-Onsleigh Senior High School trying to get a date.

I told myself I wanted to write a novel concerning the PRC and the former USSR [China and Russia] as that has been my life this year but I haven't sat down and actually written anything yet since I've been too busy experiencing the drama of life, besides reading Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov and Clancy's Command Authority, the two which stuck in my mind the most, though I'm working on Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, as well...
Lady DT[personal profile] leia_solo on December 18th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's get writing!
I kinda love books made of letters and journals (I know the proper term but I can't spell it :P).

I was looking up Rebecca West the other day. I need to read some of her work.
claire_chan[personal profile] claire_chan on December 18th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's get writing!
EPISTOLIC novels! :O That comes from my favourite Latin word for letter: epistola! Epistles are letters.

In the middle of Michael's the art store this morning I made it to my first page goal for Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, so I've been looking at my other books just to prove to myself I'm not that obsessive about the Balkan peninsula... but then again, I have now Hupchick's "The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism" book. So, um...
ysabetwordsmith[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith on December 18th, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
Re: Let's get writing!
Maybe consider crowdfunding. It's a great business model for stuff that mainstream markets are reluctant or downright unwilling to touch. If this piques your interest, see [community profile] crowdfunding or my archive of crowdfunding resources.

Books don't do any good in a drawer.
ysabetwordsmith[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith on December 18th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
I'm doing poetry and short stories rather than novels, but I write a lot of women, some lesbians, some bisexuals, actually some of all the sexualities I've found. Transgender and intersex, also yes. Among the most popular of my new series this year is Walking the Beat, about a lesbian couple who live in Jamaica Plain.

Folks who feel that there's not enough of any of this in the world, feel free to catch me during any open prompt call and ask for more.
Lady DT[personal profile] leia_solo on December 18th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Well...
I've been meaning to check out more of your stuff. I love poetry. Is there any particular one you think a newbie should check out first?
ysabetwordsmith[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith on December 18th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Well...
It depends on whether you want stuff that's easiest to get into, most popular, or topical to sex/gender issues.

Showing in all three of those categories is Walking the Beat, so I recommend starting there. Dale walks with a limp, Kelly is Deaf; they're lesbians living in Jamaica Plain. The poems have a strong community focus as the two women adjust to Dale's recent retirement from the police force. This is a rare example of me writing nonspeculative literature.

Also fairly easy, tremendously popular, with several female characters and lately a gay male, is Monster House. This is suburban fantasy about a family of human and other characters. It also draws from current events, dealing with social issues and family dynamics.

A majority of my writing deals with settings that have enough color they almost qualify as characters, thus take more attention to enter. But I frequently write to the current topic, so here are some other options ...

Fiorenza the Wisewoman -- Italian historic fantasy with a strong female lead and an emphasis on community life and practical solutions to magical or other problems. Not many openly queer characters but there are glimpses.

Hart's Farm -- Swedish historic fantasy with oodles of female, queer, and genderqueer characters. Whole QUILTBAG should be represented, tell me if I missed a square. Alternative family arrangements, community, all the love.

The Origami Mage -- Asian-flavored fantasy with two female leads in a queerplatonic rivalry. They're what my desertfolk would call "best enemies," wandering the land doing paper magic.

Path of the Paladins -- fantasy with two asexual women as the leads. They're trying to fix a broken world and restore a deposed goddess. Trauma recovery, world repair, practical survival, issues of good and evil.

Polychrome Heroics -- superhero stuff in which the main character(s) is a multiple with six personalities of assorted genders and orientations. Other characters show variety too. Diverse representations of heroism, college life, what it means to be a hero or a villain, figuring out powers.

The Steamsmith -- steampunk set in a world with a totally different base of science, about a black female British steampunk engineer who dresses as a man. Deals with engineering, alchemy, race, class, sex/gender, and historic issues.

Those are the highlights from my more popular series that have their own pages. There are shorter ones on the Serial Poetry page too.

Including fiction as well as poetry are two shared worlds that run heavy to female characters and sex/gender diversity: Torn World and Schrodinger's Heroes. Torn World is science fantasy about the perils of temporal mechanics. Schrodinger's Heroes is science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world.
Lady DT[personal profile] leia_solo on December 18th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Well...
Ooh the historic fantasies sound really up my boat.
ysabetwordsmith[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith on December 18th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Well...

When I write historic fantasy, I draw heavily from the source culture. So you'll see local foods, fashion, stories, language, etc. referenced in the poems. Fiorenza is among my most popular series. Hart's Farm has a narrower but devoted following; it's one of the series that pulled in new readers and donors who weren't into my earlier stuff.