I just read something today that made my head hurt. A reviewer I follow for Black Static Magazine recently posted the following:
Listed below are the books received for review since the last update, which was back on 10 March 2016.
There are twenty one new titles and five of them have been written or edited by women, taking our totals for the year so far to forty six books received, twelve and a half of them with a female by-line (27%).
Taking into account #52, the corresponding figures for the magazine are thirty four titles reviewed so far this year, of which nine have been written or edited by women (26%)
Considering I’m one of the 27% he received a book from since his last update, do you know what this tells me? It tells me that these are the people who took the time to send him review copies of their books, and only a quarter of that population were female. It has nothing to do with the lack of female creators out there, it has everything to do with the lack of female creators who will get off their asses and promote themselves rather than whine that they “aren’t getting enough attention”.
Wake the fuck up ladies. The Mary Sue had an article entitled “ Women Genre Authors Much Less Likely To Get Reviewed“. Well of course they’re much less likely to get reviewed, you can only get reviewed if you send your books in. DUH. If only 25% of the people who send their books in are women, then of course only 25% of books reviewed are going to be by women. It’s not “the patriarchy”. It’s math.
Solution: Stop crying sexism. Get yourself an envelope and a stamp and start sending your books to reviewers. Nobody else is going to do it for you. And if you have an agent or a publisher who is supposed to be doing it for you, scream at them for not representing you as a creator properly. Don’t scream at the media because they don’t know you exist.