Author Gender, Null Results, & Examining Privilege


After I posted my thoughts on big book causality, I received this question in my ask box:


The Short Answer

My short answer to the question of whether or not I find it disingenuous to suggest that being male might have had some effect on John’s success is… no. Not even a little bit. Not…

For example, there’s an idea in our culture that male stories are somehow more universal than female stories—we’re a culture that expects young girls to be willing to read stories about boys, but actively discourages boys from reading stories about girls. We’re also a society in which prominent female bloggers in the real world are frequently met with rape and death threats and told to shut up. Empirical studies have shown that male students perceive females as “dominating” class discussion even if they talk only 50% of the time.

Author Gender, Null Results, & Examining Privilege


For those of you interested in publishing: some thoughts on the causality of big book success


John Green has a fascinating post in which he discusses the success of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and opens the topic up for conversation. This post has made me think about many things, among them the way we talk, in general, about the causality of a Book Becoming Really Big.

In general,…

For those of you interested in publishing: some thoughts on the causality of big book success

In Defense of Romance and Romance Readers


This is the response I posted to Palash Ghosh’s apology. I’m not trying to pile on, but I think he’s still missing the point. You should also read Amelia’s comment on the post. It’s a lot smarter than mine.

We got the point. We just didn’t agree. The problem is that you’re making broad…

In Defense of Romance and Romance Readers