Another ‘what’s wrong with publishing’ viewpoint

September 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Basically, publishing still panders to the minority male readership. According to Lionel (she’s a woman, folks) Shriver, marketing and design is to blame for keeping women’s fiction lowly regarded because pastels and forlorn solitary women on covers can only be selling depressing introspective content about relationship dramas or some such. Does this means that to be taken seriously, we are only allowed neutral sounding titles?

Oh, and apparently women are put off by direct advertising. Ha! Tell that to the women who buy gay male eroticaromance and who keep Harlequin afloat.

While there’s much to be critical of the publishing industry, real examples such as those in the article give much greater insight into the industry than stats, sales figures and editorial guidelines.


Entry filed under: Authors, Literary related news, On writing, Women in the world.

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