Choose Purple —
celebrate your mistakes,
own your struggle,
and honor your choices,
because that’s how we become
who we are meant to be:
Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: Some authors report greater success attracting agents using male pseudonyms. When you look for a book to read, do you look for a male or female author? Do male or female authors get borrowed from the library more often. Whose books jump off bookstore shelves faster? I wonder if JK Rowling’s books would have taken off if she’s used her full, female name instead of a male-sounding set of initials.
The world has a ways to go bringing equality to women. It’s not just a question of equal pay, but equal belief that women’s voices have something important to add. We are all in this world together, men and women. We should look for solutions together.
Writing tip: If you can’t be male, be persistent. By the time you reach publication, you will be that much better a writer for the obstacles it took to get there and for the time spent honing your craft.