M/M Wank

Here’s my last thought on Lanyon-gate, as I’ve seen it called.

I’m on old fandom whore, I’ve seen kerfluffles to end all kerfluffles, and been involved in a couple myself. But, now approaching my fifth decade, I usually decide to drive by the wank, or only comment privately with trusted friends.

However, in this instance, I am happy to publicly state I stand behind Josh/Diana. Why? ‘Josh’ gave my former writing partner and I much needed advice and suggestions when we were writing our first novel, “Facing the Music” (Evernight Publishing). Yes, Sue and I had been writing fanfiction for years, but we were out of our depths when starting out in M/M. Josh mentored us, put us in touch with other great authors in M/M to get feedback from and to offer feedback on his private critique group. I know for a fact without that advice, given freely and without any expectations of it being paid back, it helped get Sue and I published. I know of at least six other authors from that group who have gone on to become best selling authors because ‘Josh’ gave them a forum to develop their craft. (And no, this post is not pay back for that help.)

In private, I’ve never known ‘Josh’ to state they are the “authority” on anything in the gay community. The only think she has ever stated that she’s knows the murder mystery genre and the romance industry through her own experiences as a writer. If I ever write in the m/f genre, I would happily ask her advice about that too because I’ve never had an agent or been with a large publishing house, she has.

There are questions about why Josh felt the need to use a male pen name/persona. My concern is that we are looking at the wrong angle. As I said in other comments on FB, there should be no need as WOMEN in any genre for us to take a male pen name. Why are we still considered second class writers in the publishing world, whether you write science fiction or gay mysteries? Perhaps there was misappropriation by the use of a male persona to originally get published over a decade ago in a genre that was dominated by male authors. I’m not mad at Josh for that, I’m mad at the industry that deemed it necessary, and continues to do so to this day.

But, that is another topic, for another post.

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