So glad I ran into your article! You took the grumbled words right out of my mouth. As it happens, I write diverse stories, but the publishing game is hard and unwelcoming if what you write is outside the ordinary.

I’ve written novels, and I have an agent who loves my work, but …

You might like this one —

Or this one —

End crass promo mode. ;-) I think they’re better than Sparks’, though! At least more interesting and more filled with diverse and non-stereotypical characters.

My literary agent tells me she loves them. She laughed. She cried. Blah blah. Then she tells me they’re un-publishable. All the usual reasons of market share and genre restrictions.

As Sparks just keeps pumping out drivel.


Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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