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28 March 2011 @ 04:18 pm
Discrimination is never okay, or, Why Seanan McGuire won't be in Wicked Pretty Things  
There's an anthology in the works, Wicked Pretty Things, from Running Press, edited by Trisha Telep.

It's to be a collection of YA (Young Adult) romance stories.

One story, by author Jessica Verday, was accepted -- and then sent back with instructions to change her male-male protagonists to male-female, because the publisher wouldn't accept a male-male story.

Then it came out (pun only partially intended) that the publisher had said no such thing, it was entirely the editor's opinion.

Then the publishers "regretted the misunderstanding" but "stood by" the editor.

And so Seanan and other authors, in the interests of not supporting discrimination and bullying, have pulled their stories as well. For more details, you can read Seanan's post on the matter.

This is a risky choice for an author, even one who has mad as large a splash as Seanan. She loses the pay for this story with this publisher, she potentially burns a bridge to this publisher for the future, and she risks burning bridges to other publishers as well (because editors and publishers talk to each other, you know).

But I think it's a right choice and a right action, and I wanted to share my respect for Seanan with you. I already respected her, you understand, as an outstanding writer, delightful LJ poster, and all-around nifty person I'd really like to meet some day, but this has just impressed me all the more.
what doesn't kill me better run: bc: i kissed a girlcarlyinrome on March 28th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)

That is kickass (the author response, not the editor's stupid). Thanks for sharing.

Shadow/Brookekengr on March 28th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
I agree with the above. But there's another factor here. I know *I* will be remembering that editor's name. And avoiding it...
browngirl on March 28th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Go Ms. Verday and go Seanan! *cheers*
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on March 28th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I just started a Children's Lit class (K-8) and I suspect if this doesn't come up naturally, I may just bring it up to make sure it gets mentioned in the class.
Villiersdianavilliers on March 29th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I do so love seeing a righteous internet s--tstorm go down. All of the authors involved seem to have behaved with grace and courage.
George Andersonstdharma on March 29th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
Hooray for Seanan McGuire and Jessica Verday for standing up for something important, and BOO! to Running Press Kids for letting the lawyers get in the way of a good anthology.