interesting places to read

Just a few quick links today.

There was another post here a couple of days ago, by the way. If you didn't see it, you can scroll down.

The most interesting comments I've seen this week were for a post called "Links on the portrayal of race and gender in the media" over at T.S. Bazelli's blog.

A bunch of Indie YA writers ("Indie"=independent, "YA"=young adult) have formed a blog together to share their thinking about writing and publishing and promoting young adult fiction. It's called "YA Indie" and Indie writers should check it out.

A couple of specific posts caught my attention:

Oh, and I'll throw in a plug. My friend Alexis is a content editor for Grit City Publications, and they've just published three new titles, two of which she edited (one of them is the first episode of a serial – you know that's the one I bought first!). She blogged about it here.

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6 Responses to interesting places to read

  1. tsbazelli says:

    Thanks for the link! I’m off to read the others.

  2. The discussion on Bazelli’s blog got me wondering… As a straight-white-male (i.e. a person who, for all intents and purposes, is outside the category of “disadvantaged class” unless we take a sufficiently broad read of that phrase to include a couple traits under the surface, such as my health state, economic background, and nerdishness)… Is it legit for me to pose similar questions on my own blog and to engage the discussion directly, rather than in one-off comments? I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the subject in question there, and am more enlightened than, say, the me of ten years ago. But I’m not sure if I’m yet savvy enough to engage the discussion in a genial and genuine fashion without coming off as just a little “whitesplainin” (which I would be mortified to discover I had done, if I did).

  3. Stephen, I think there are two different questions here. One is who you are (straight, white, male — as am I), and the other is what you know (how “savvy” you are, as you put it). Those two don’t have a direct relationship, not really. After all, for example, even people who aren’t white guys can suffer from Default White Guy syndrome. :-)

    I think the question is not who you are, but what you know. These are complex questions, and being a member of any specific group doesn’t automatically give you the answers

    And there’s no problem with asking questions on a blog, too, if you’re not sure of the right answers. I posted a question on the YA Indie blog (they say they take requests for posts) about whether female YA protags are expected to have romance (more than males). As I’ve said before, I have that impression, but based on very little evidence.

  4. I know I’m a little late on this, but thanks for including my post about YA protagonists! :)

    • No problem. The YA Indie site is very interesting. From my POV (since I’m not really your target audience), half of the posts are very interesting, and I can tell in advance that the other half don’t apply to me so I don’t read them.

      For people who are indie publishers, I’m sure it’s really helpful to have all this information in one place, and without all that “Everybody should do this! Doing anything else is stupid!” stuff. It’s much more: “Hey, you want to do this? This is what we know about how.” Which is cool.

  5. That’s what I love about the site as well. We do our best to help and not shout, “hey, you’re doing it all wrong! THIS is the right way.” :)

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