‘Pretend to be a man’. That is the advice that aspiring female author, Kasey Edwards received from a literary agent. Edwards refused to change her name. ‘Well at least you’re pretty. That should help with media.’ responded the literary agent.
Yesterday Kasey Edwards told her story in an article published on the Fairfax Daily Life website. She also wrote about a group of women and men who participated in an online book reading and reviewing challenge, The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge.
Over the last year I have written about the fact that women writers don’t receive anywhere near as many reviews as men in major media outlets. A number of readers including me, realised that for an unknown reason we were not reading anywhere near as many books written by women as men. I decided to bring balance back into my reading by signing up for the Australian Women…
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