Thursday, January 6, 2011

Update on the Minstrel novel and a question.

Rejection, again.

Honestly, it's getting to the point that if or when I get an acceptance, I don't know if I will be happy about it. Relieved, maybe.

Bad side, the number of agents in my list is dwindling fast. So I should add more.

Here's the question: What would be the definition of Gay Lit?

The reason I ask is that one of the major characters is gay. It does play a major part of the plot. I never actively pursued agents of that genre.

Why not? That's harder to say. The main reason, I never thought of it. The character that is gay, that came out in the writing and really brought some points together after it did. It's not a big deal to the people close to him (except for one, and its a bit ironic when you read it).

Also, I don't want people to focus in on it. For me, being gay for him was just like the piper knowing everyone. It was part of their character. Nothing big, when I wrote it.

But I have had some people tell me to send it out, because he is one of the heroes of the story. I can see the reasoning.

Readers more familiar with the genre, what do you think?


  1. I don't think Tanya Huff cared about that when she wrote Sing the Four Quarters, which had a gay MC. Nor did Elizabeth A Lynn, who wrote The Dancers of Arun, which won a (Hugo? Nebula? One of those) and had not only gay sex, but incest.

    I don't think the sexual orientation of your MC matters as much as the story.

    My 2 cents :)

  2. I agree with Merrilee, and if your character is well developed, then his/her sexual orientation should not matter. I think your real question goes to whether you want your work tagged Gay Lit. That's a question that only your readers would be able to answer. If it doesn't fit into the category then readers buying it due to that tag would be disappointed. As far as agents are concerned I would give it a shot. They should know whether it falls within that category when they read it.

  3. Looking at the question from purely a marketing standpoint - if it will get you more readers then include it. It has less to do with being tagged a gay lit writer and more to do with interested audience. It's a bit weird really since gay people know plenty of straight people and they'll ALL be talking about the book, so it shouldn't be looked at as a labeling device as much as a wider market for your work.

    I would never even have thought of this as an issue till it came up a couple weeks ago that there's actually a separate market for about lame. But then I realized that the same is true of the other genres and labeling the audience. Chick lit, Boy flick, Romance, porn, smut...a million labels all really designed to get the book to anyone who'll read it.

  4. I am not really familiar with the genre, but I don't think it should fall into that category just because of one character's sexual orientation. Do they have a market for brown-eyed lit? See what I mean--it seems like it could get out of hand fast.