Links for Everyone

Busy week, so I’m dropping in with links so I can finally close out some of the million-and-one tabs open on my desktop. They range from serious business to craft to a bit of entertainment.

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA – This discussion has been going on all over the internet for the last few days and I think it’s important for everyone to be aware. I’m kind of horrified that an agent would make such a request. It’s one thing to ask a writer to work on or change a character because something about them isn’t working within the scope of a story, but another thing entirely to demand they change the character’s sexual preference. I think it’s especially important for teenagers to be able to find diversity in what they read so that everyone has characters with whom they can identify at a time of life when they’re struggling to discover who they are.

9 Ways of Looking at a Single Paragraph – Interesting and thought-provoking.

Anthony Bourdain to Acquire Books for Ecco – This just amuses me somehow.

Grift Magazine to Debut in 2012 – For you fans (and writers) of crime fiction.

Mysterious Paper Sculptures in Edinburgh – These are simply lovely and fascinating.

4 thoughts on “Links for Everyone

  1. I was discussing this with a group of other agents yesterday and we were pretty much universally disgusted by the situation. And sad that we need to spell out that yes, we’re happy to take submissions that include LGBTQ characters. Several were in the process of shopping projects of this sort and receiving good feedback from editors.

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