A Man Writing Love Stories In A Womans Publishing World

A Man Writing Love Stories In A Womans Publishing World



My publishing journey has been unusual enough that friends and publicists alike have suggested I write about it,​ especially the​ part about being a​ man writing love stories in​ a​ woman's genre. But it's not just the​ genre. the​ whole publishing and agency world I encountered was dominated by women. Sound interesting enough? Okay. There's just one little hitch. Now that I'm sitting in​ front of​ the​ keyboard,​ I find that there's not much to​ tell that's dramatic. Most of​ the​ women editors treated me fairly,​ and I worked well with the​ ones who gave me room to​ turn in.

If anything,​ being a​ man may have given me a​ certain advantage,​ you know,​ from a​ novelty standpoint. Not only was I a​ male engineer (of all things!),​ with no detectable writing credentials,​ daring to​ show up with a​ love story,​ but I was touting it​ as​ a​ love story unlike any other,​ one written of​ love at​ a​ higher level. Well,​ at​ least it​ made them look up from their keyboards. Even from clear across the​ Internet's vast ether,​ I could feel their skeptical smiles.

I did have advantages related to​ temperament. Women have always been my epitome of​ beauty,​ and I have long admired the​ feminine spirit and disposition,​ the​ nobility of​ her biological calling,​ the​ sophistication of​ her romantic instinct. as​ a​ result,​ I have always worked well with women. Plus I am grateful. Everything I ever learned about romantic love at​ a​ higher level I learned from a​ woman.

The other advantage I had was acquired: I had studied love stories for decades and I knew the​ intricacies and jargon of​ the​ genre. at​ one point,​ an​ editor who was intrigued by my sample chapters started an​ e-mail conversation that escalated to​ a​ phone discussion. I knew this was curiosity bringing opportunity to​ my door. She was a​ Romance novelist as​ well as​ a​ Romance editor,​ so I was nervous as​ I dialed her office number. I could tell that she was surprised then delighted to​ meet a​ man who could discuss nuances of​ love story plot and characterization ranging from risk factors in​ portraying heroines as​ less than physically perfect,​ to​ pet theories for best lead up to​ denouement. I knew before the​ conversation was over that she would offer a​ contract. Not only did I address some reservations she had about my characters,​ but I had done so in​ the​ professional jargon she knew. as​ a​ result,​ she knew she could work with me for the​ editorial portion of​ the​ project.

With all this said,​ let me offer an​ opinion based on​ what I experienced. to​ the​ question about whether the​ bar is​ higher for a​ man writing in​ this genre,​ I would say yes,​ at​ least in​ a​ certain sense. if​ you are a​ man who writes mediocre romances,​ then I think it​ will be harder for you to​ get published than a​ mediocre woman writer. But if​ you are a​ man producing material that matches the​ top ten percent of​ the​ genre,​ then the​ reservations that woman editors naturally have about you won't matter. You will get the​ consideration you deserve. Know the​ audience you are targeting. That counts for a​ lot. And be sure you can defend the​ theory you have chosen for how you spun your characters and how you wove your plot.




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