Why Are Female Fantasy Authors Pushed To The Back Of The Bus?

This blog posting by Leona Henry, on female authors in Fantasy literature, is definitely worth reading.

Leona's Blog of Shadows

There was an interesting thread on reddit /r/Fantasy

where I learned some rather disturbing facts about the publishing industry. The person who opened the thread was wondering why women prefer writing teen romance centered Urban Fantasy and YA Fantasy and why there are too few female epic fantasy authors.

I have to shamefully admit I had the same misconception myself since this is the pattern I see in the best seller lists, book blogs and the word on the street. Big shot female authors who write fantasy write YA and UF centered on romance. Hardly any female names pop up in epic fantasy category. There is Robin Hobb, but she is where she is today because Robin Hobb is a gender neutral pseudonym. I had no idea she was a woman until last year. I know I am not alone in this, I talked to a number of her readers who thought she was…

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John Scalzi and Tad Williams at Kepler’s Bookstore

Speculative fiction authors John Scalzi and Tad Williams sat down at Kepler’s Books in the Bay Area to discuss writing, touring, military science fiction, and John Scalzi’s ukulele. The event was recorded by author Deborah Beale.