Is it an X-Ray? The blob? The latest in contemporary art?
It’s the cover for my new short story! Well, it will be the cover when it’s revealed this coming Monday. Stop by to see how it looks, share your thoughts, and get the scoop on my upcoming story. See you then…
A recent article in Bustle shares research from a new study showing female representation in fiction was better in the Victorian era than now. My instant reaction was disbelief, but as I thought about it, it’s not really that surprising. Based on my own (highly unscientific) experiences and observations, I’ve noticed that:
Publishing jobs tend to be low paying, are overwhelmingly held by women–and the women still almost always get paid less than the men in equivalent positions (more here).
Female writers tend to be taken less seriously than men, and their careers suffer for it. Don’t believe me? See here, here, or here, for just a few examples.
The genres in which women predominate are looked down on (this article discusses genre prejudice in general, but check the #1 and #2 most hated genres listed).
All difficulties are magnified for queer, trans, and POC women writers. For example, they’re largely excluded in genres dominated by straight white women.
Only women and girls seem to face mass derision for their reading preferences. Perhaps you yourself have encountered the hate for Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey. Yes, neither of these are literary masterpieces, but the last time I checked, not every book enjoyed by or written by men is pure gold either. Yet I can’t think of a time when men have been criticized on a mass scale for their fandom of a particular book.
Sometimes when you do something for yourself, you can also help someone else (don’t you love it when that happens?) If you’ve ever considered trying out Kindle Unlimited (so many books, all free to read), now is the perfect time. Until the end of February, Amazon is donating $5 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for every eligible person who signs up for a free 30-day trial of Kindle Unlimited. Click here to sign up, or to find out more about Amazon’s initiative and what the Susan Komen Foundation does.
By the way, Love Lies Bleeding is one of the many books available free on Kindle Unlimited 🙂 Find it here.
And before you go, have you entered my giveaway yet?
February is Women in Horror Month (WiHM), and to celebrate I’ll be giving away a copy of Love Lies Bleeding.
Share this post on social media. Each different place you share gets you one entry.
Comment on this post letting me know where you’ve shared (links appreciated). Please also leave a way for me to get in touch with you should you win.
Simple, right? You have until the end of February, so get sharing! Check the Fine Print (below) for contest rules and regulations. Good luck!
Women in Horror Months is an inclusive event that aims to showcase the underrepresented work of women throughout the horror industry. This is the perfect time to seek out writing, art, and film you may have overlooked in the past. If you’d like to find out more about WiHM, click here.