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MacAllister

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Here's an interesting bit of trivia. If there are three women in a group of between ten and fifteen people, people tend to judge after-the-fact that the mix was about half-and-half, or even that women actually outnumbered the men in the group.

That's also, statistically, pretty close to the registration statistics for AW, by the way -- about 35%, give or take. So women outnumbering men in writers forums simply isn't true -- at least not here.

Perhaps it's time to examine your own deeply-held biases, Richard? Because I'm pretty damned well certain that if you get rejected by publishers and agents, it's got nothing to do with your boy-cooties. And making a thinly-veiled suggestion otherwise is just insulting.
 
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I've been noticing that at least in the "writers forum" world, male writers are seriously outnumbered by women who write. I'm also seeing a relative scarcity of male agents. Now, I realize that there is no "old girl's club" per se, but has anyone studied the unbalance in new debut fiction published between men and women authors? Can a female agent be expected to warm up to the work of a male writer as easily as the work of another woman? Is this a silly question? I know there are sucessful male writers who write what would be considered "women's fiction", but I'm beginning to wonder how gender plays in the market, both reader/consumers and publishers.


Fewer men read fiction. Until that playing field levels out, the writer and business one won't (for "women's" fiction, so to speak). If you're so worried about it, maybe you should start marketing a button like this to your gentlemen friends and replace the chick with Fabio.
 

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Richard....and yet my female friend whose UF is coming out soon had to use her initials, so as not to scare away readers with her non-masculine name. Hmmm
 

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And with houndrat's excellent observation about the reality a LOT of women writers can expect to encounter, and since everyone's pretty much had a chance to express their appreciation for Jennifer's patient attention and assistance, I guess we really are done here. Thanks everyone - and most especially, thank you, Jennifer!
 
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