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For six years Kelli Russell Agodon worked as a co-editor and chief for a literary magazine. In her piece for Medium, SUBMIT LIKE A MAN published May 2015, she writes about what she learned during that time, and what she knows about how men and women submit their work from consideration.
If I had to make one general statement about what I most learned at the press as an editor, the big revelation was that men and women submit their work differently.
More here – While aware of the generalisations being made, Agodon cannot ignore the overall trends between men and women. When a rejection letter is sent to a man with the following, ‘We would like to see more of your work,’ a man will tend to actually send more of their work. She puts it done to
When the same rejection letter is sent to a women, she will generally wait 3 to 6 months before resubmitting, if at all. She puts it done to
She puts it done to the classic problem of women over thinking things, reading too much into the words, not wanting to seem pushy or being happy to settle for an ‘almost.’
I am guilty of this too. If I am really honest with myself, it is my fear of utter rejection that drove me towards self publishing my work instead of subjecting it to the ridicule of rejection I was certain it would have recieved.
This is stupid I know, as rejection letters are vital to improvement as a writer, self reflection and challening ourselves to work harder and go beyond what we thought.
It seems I am not the only one.
I a survey published by the GUARDIAN in March 2015, it seems self-publishing allows women the chance to circumnavigate their fear of rejections and break the book industry’s glass ceiling. The number of women selling best sellers through self-publishing is almost twice that of men.
“More and more female writers are seeing success in self-publishing,” said Monique Duarte, chief executive of FicShelf, which released the results to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March. “It’s a level playing field.”
While men are still dominating traditional publishing it is the ladies who seem to be making self-publishing work for them.
While mainstream publisher are known for playing it safe, it is the self-publishing market that is allowing female writers to step out of these preconceived norms and break the template of what women should be writing about.
AMANDA HOCKING has made millions selling her novels online through self Publishing.