Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Sexism. Or, Do You Need Cajones for a Sci-Fi Career?
The Sci-Fi Good Ole Boys' Club. I have heard mention of this phenomenon in the writing industry. I do believe it exists. What I don't know is if it's actually hindered me personally in any way. I don't endeavor to write hard SF, tho. I'm just a UF girl in a great big publishing world.
Have any informal connections that men have made been kept secret from me, and has this somehow been furthering their careers at the expense of mine?
shrugs I don't know.
It would be naive of me to think that there aren't some powerful publishing men (insert editors/agents/authors here) who have a go-to list of pals. Perhaps that list was compiled and refined over golf games, or while enjoying a good cigar. By it's very nature, The Sci-Fi Good Ole Boys' Club would exclude me, so I cannot confirm its existence any more than I can confirm what happened in Area 51, y'know?
But hold on to your cannoli.
The bottom line is: PRODUCT.
Even this industry won't say no to a good product.
That's why plenty of PEOPLE are getting published out there. From small presses on up to the major NYC publishing houses. PEOPLE are doing the hard work of writing stories that are inventive and compelling as well as COMPLETE, submitting them according to format guidelines, and ENDING UP WITH CONTRACTS. Sometimes, those PEOPLE are asked to disguise their gender. (J.K. ROWLING...HELLO!!!)
In answer to the question/title, I say NO. You do not need the dangly bits to get published or to be taken seriously as an author. You DO need to write, write well about a plot that interests a group of folks willing to pay for the entertainment of your story, and conduct yourself rather professionally in the meantime.
That in itself is challenge enough. Right?