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SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
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Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.


This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.


It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.



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Solution is simple:

1: rewrite 1/2 your stories to be YA-salable in the stores.
2: have all stories listed in the book, together with the website where they can be read/purchased.

Alternative:

1: Create your own publishing brand.
2: put all stories on website for purchase.
3: Put all stories for sale on iTunes bookstore and Kindle bookstore.

With the Internet and finally wide acceptance of eBooks, there is no excuse for thinking that we have to remain acceptable to Barnes and Noble.

True enough - but one of the big target buyers for the YA market is school and public libraries, where you almost have to have access to the Big Six Publishers.

The publishing industry is in a horrible muddle these days. The fallout should be very interesting.

I thought you would be interested to hear that we sold Stranger (aka "the Yes Gay YA novel") to Viking. Click on this link for a post with more details. Thank you so much for your support!

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