There’s no female conspiracy in publishing – your book might just not be good | Lauren Spieller

When I was targeted by the #MisandryInPublishing hashtag, I assumed it was a joke – but this conspiracy is indicative of the entitlement some male authors feel

When I first saw the #MisandryInPublishing hashtag, I assumed it was a joke. How could anyone actually believe that there is a bias against men in an industry that has historically prioritised the work of men, and paid them more for it? How?

I soon realised the hashtag was the work of a male author who was complaining about female agents and writers who had spurned him — myself in particular. Though I had not yet read his book, I had retweeted a meme about male authors being bad at writing female characters, which he didn’t like. It was enough to put me in his crosshairs.

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