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It’s easy to focus on the bad and forget about the good. We all do this. One shitty day and feels like it’s never anything but bad, never mind the three previous days that were good. When you’re fighting a battle, especially one that’s gone on your whole life, it’s hard to remember that good things have happened, are still happening, and that the tide is slowly, sometimes even steadily, turning.
I see this a whole lot in queer fiction, which is where I spend pretty much all my time given I read, write, and publish it, and am in a relationship best described as ‘platonic life partners’. This shit is important to me. I’m getting married sometime next year, and that’s something I wouldn’t have been allowed to do in this state a year or so ago.
So it’s seriously depressing to see people constantly emphasize the bad. I have unfollowed/muted/blocked so many people I prefer to call friends because they’re never anything but negative and if you try to point that out, you get slated as the enemy. I can do it myself; I have always had problems with black moods and seeing things as ten times worse than they really. I try to watch it, try to stop when I see myself doing it again, and I know it’s hard.
But when somebody goes on a rant that is 50 tweets long, spamming my feed with ‘I’m tired of queer tragedies’ and ‘nobody writes about trans/asexual/etc’ stories, I get pissed off. Because while there are far from enough stories, because while we have a long way to go before queer fiction is seen as just ‘fiction’ and no longer gets its own sad little shelf in the bookstore that’s mostly erotica anthologies, history books, and self-help books, you know what? The books are there.
Less Than Three Press has sacrificed a lot to dump all of our efforts into queer romance. We’d be a lot bigger and a lot more lucrative if we focused on M/M the way practically every other LGBTQ press does. But we don’t. We have trans titles and asexual titles (including a collection of 18 stories coming out in March 2016). We have bisexual and lesbian and genderqueer romances.
Riptide is working their asses off to provide the same. Harmony Ink is stepping up for YA even if DSP themselves remains strictly M/M (though they are including asexual, etc, under that M/M requirement). There are several other presses out there (Lovelight, Bella Books, Pride Publishing, Loose ID, just to name a few), who are doing their level best to provide the books the community says they want.
So try this for me: the next time you want to go on a rant, or rewrite someone else 500 tweet rant, about what’s missing in the genre, how about you quote that tweet instead and list a few books that are out there. So too on tumblr/facebook/etc. Next time you go on book buying spree, make one or two of them that tans romance you always said you wanted to read. Make one or two of them a lesbian romance, or a bisexual romance. No one is asking that you buy every single queer title out there, but if you constantly demand something and then make every excuse not to put your money where your mouth is, then all you are is part of the problem.
You’ll never get anywhere, never feel anything but anger, if you constantly choose to focus on the bad and never take a single moment to focus on the good as well. The books you want are there, but you have to stop ranting long enough to see them, read them, share them, if you ever really want there to come a day where you no longer have to rant about never seeing yourself in stories.
In the spirit of sharing, I end with some lists:
Title: The High King’s Golden Tongue
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 11/04/2015
Cover Artist: John Coulthart
Genre: Bisexual, Fantasy
Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.
High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He’s overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it, but it must be someone like his late consort: a soldier, someone who understands war, who is not unfamiliar with or afraid of the harsher elements of rule. What he doesn’t need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.
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About Megan Derr
Megan is a long time resident of LGBTQ fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all over the internet.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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