What is the language of an LGBTQ+ book? What makes it authentically LGBTQ+?
This is the first in a mini-series of posts looking LGBTQ+ fiction editing. By LGBTQ+ fiction, I mean any fiction that features LGBTQ+ characters. From erotica to science fiction, stopping off at romance, fantasy and historical. No genre should now be without LGBTQ+ representation.
Part memoir, part queer history book and part instruction manual, Dan Glass’s United Queerdom brilliant explains the struggle.
“He taps on his cigarette to make the ashes fall, but he hasn’t smoked it enough. It’s a gesture intended to convey composure, but it only makes him appear more vulnerable.”
Cézanne, the artist, holds together the strands of multiple narratives in this ambitious debut novel.
Leah is determined that her graduation isn’t going to become a “teen movie cliché” which is exactly what Becky Albertalli has written.
What is a “sensitivity reader” and how do you know if you need one? Do they provide a function outside of editing? What makes a sensitivity reader different from a beta reader?
June is known as Pride Month. But this year is different. With all the strict measures in place about gatherings, the famous Pride Parades are off. So, instead, I am giving a virtual parade of LGBTQ+ books!
You’d think – for someone who works with books and stories all the time – that reading for pleasure would be an easy thing.
But, somehow, in lockdown, that just doesn’t seem to be happening. I don’t know if it’s the pressure of trying to find new clients (I have to pay the bills!) or the constant updating from government and rolling news bulletins, but I’ve been finding really difficult to switch off.