The Publishing Industry Remains Stuck In the Past
I haven't posted anything about publishing in a while, but I thought this was a good time to mention a few things I've observed. For one thing, I wrote a memoir recently and I decided to shop it around to agents. I did this because publishing nonfiction and fiction are two different things. I know nothing about publishing nonfiction and I would feel more secure having an agent who has my back. It was a dismal experience at best. These literary agents are still hocking the same old crap. You'd think it was 1999.
The problem is that nothing at all has changed in publishing since I was querying agents almost 20 years ago. It's still the same old hopeless query process that never worked, we are still dealing with gatekeepers who consider themselves the most elite people on the planet, and there's so much straight white privilege that they can't even see it themselves. They're also still practicing cultural appropriation and they think they're getting away with it. But most of all, these gatekeepers are not going to let go of the control easily.
With that said, here's a good piece about publishing being as white now as it was four years ago. You could apply this to anything gay as well. Call Me By Your Name was written by a straight author, just like Brokeback Mountain. The most interesting thing is they claim to be so liberal in publishing and yet they don't think they're doing anything wrong. And it's not just agents. It's big publishers, too.
As the controversial novel American Dirt raises questions about representation for US publishing, a survey has found that – despite efforts to diversify – the industry “is just as white today as it was four years ago”.
Here's more. Did you know there are still agents who will NOT take e-mail queries? How backward is that? I picture someone sitting at a table reading a print newspaper. They actually want us to use paper. It's like while the world has been changing for the past 20 years they've been sleeping. I can't even tell you the last time I went to the post office for anything.
If you think I'm joking about that, here's proof. This is a link to Spectrum Literary Agency, where they refuse to allow authors to query through e-mail. You can't make this up.
Spectrum will not accept/respond to queries that arrive by fax, e-mail, or telephone.
Seriously? Is this 1988? Here's the link.
Discrimination Exists For LGBTQ Indigenous People In Mexico
Here's another one of those LGBTQ topics that doesn't receive as much attention as it should. Indigenous people in Mexico are dealing with all kinds of horrors. This is serious.
In 2020, at least 79 LGBTQ people were killed in Mexico, about 6.5 per month, according to Letra S, Sida, Cultura y Vida Cotidiana, a civil organization dedicated to the defense of LGBTQ people that has been registering cases since 1998.
You can check it out, here. It's a good piece about the multiple layers of discrimination people are experiencing. It gives a good example of what other LGBTQ people are still experiencing in this world.
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