Now, before you all yell and scream at me, or roll your eyes thinking I’m about to rage in feminist fury… Don’t.
I’m not accusing. Yet. I honestly want your opinions.
Recently, I was talking with another writing/author friend of mine (who has one book published), and is feeling pressure from her publisher to market more. She’s also verbalized some concerns that she is not getting enough support from her publisher and the market since she is female and her MC is male.
I know that J.K. Rowling’s publisher asked her to go by her initials because they didn’t think boys would want to read a book written by a female. Especially with a male lead.
Has anyone else noticed this? Are there certain genres that are more accepting of male versus female writers? Or vice versa?
I know this thought has entered my mind a few times. It seems to me (and I know this is probably me being ignorant on the subject) that young girls are fine with reading books with male MCs, but young boys aren’t as open to reading books with female MCs.
I’ve actually heard a 9 year-old boy confirm this theory.
I know this isn’t true for every age range and genre, and I certainly don’t want to make generalizations about one gender over another, but does it go so far as to be true in publishing houses, agencies, or any other aspect of the writing world?
What are your thoughts? Have you noticed any trends?