Support a Great Lady and Combat Homophobia at the Same Time!

I’ve been having a wonderful time ever since I joined Facebook, connecting with other lesbian authors and my fans. They (and you!) are all such incredibly good people, and I enjoy having a few minutes a day to unwind from writing so much and connect with other like minds! 🙂

One of the ladies I’ve have the fortune to connect with is author Ellys Phox. She’s an incredibly good person, and a great writer who writes lesbian mysteries. I’m a huge fan of mysteries myself, so her books are right up my alley.

Now, Ellys recently hired an editor for her next book. That’s great, right? All books should be professionally edited (it’s hard to see all of your mistakes when you’re so close to the material), and it shows how invested in her writing and in the story she was. Unfortunately, the editor she hired–though seeming to be very much on the up and up–turned out not be. Because about half-way through the process of editing (and having taken twice as long to get back to Ellys as the editor promised), the editor flat out refused to finish the book. And refused to send Ellys her money back.

Because Ellys’s main character is a lesbian.

Yes, you read that right. Because the editor didn’t even bother to ask what genre the book was before taking Ellys’s money, sixty-five percent into the book, she has sent the book back to Ellys, saying she “might” refund the remaining thirty-five percent of the fee. And then not at all.

Because Ellys’s main character, and the romance between two women that the book contains, “disgusts” her and is “pornographic.”

I’ve got a pretty firm sense of justice in my bones, and watching this process has been infuriating and frustrating, not just for Ellys’s sake–because she’s a great lady–but also for my sake, and all of the homophobia I’ve experienced, and for the sake of every other gay person out there who’s received homophobia.

So let’s try to fix this together, shall we?

The editor is probably not going to return Ellys’s money (and has already posted a stupid, terrible defamatory review on the Goodreads page for the book, stating the book is “pornography.” Reviews sell books, and since this book only has one star review, that’s going to actually hurt Ellys’s sales). (Note: a day after writing this post, the review was removed–so that’s a great start!) So how else can we turn this into a positive?

Ellys is a great writer, and has already written a stellar book that’s out and available on the Kindle, entitled The Performance. It’s only $3.99, which is an absolute steal for the gem the book is.

So let’s combat this homophobia together. I’m buying a copy of that book today to show Ellys that I support her, that a terrible situation can turn into something good when you least expect it.

Who else is with me? 🙂


About Bridget Essex

Author of lesbian romances; madly in love with my wife, author Natalie Vivien.
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9 Responses to Support a Great Lady and Combat Homophobia at the Same Time!

  1. Nikki Busch says:

    That is just awful. A professional editor should put any bias aside and do the job for which she was paid. A true professional would have asked about the subject matter beforehand. To then turn around and refuse to refund the money AND post a scathing review is unethical. I hope there is legal recourse here. Editors like that one give the rest of us a bad name. I proudly edit books by LGBT and straight authors. If that editor had a problem with certain genres or topics, she should have stated it up front or put it in her contract.

    • Exactly! My wife was an editor for years, and one of my closest friends was an editor for years, so I’m surrounded by editors–everything this editor has done is unethical, unprofessional, and so upsettingly homophobic. Any editor that I’ve ever seen who didn’t want to edit something (I’ve known a few who won’t do erotica, for example) state it CLEARLY on their site, or–if they’re unable to complete the book–will refund in full. That’s why I had to do something about this, which is how this post was born–my sense of justice was killing me about this!

  2. Done. Sitting in my paperwhite’s queue.

  3. Carolyn Chard says:

    Hey there, I don’t normally read this Genre but will buy to help out and you never know I may like it. I hope all works out…

  4. Ellys Phox says:

    Dear Bridget and all, Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I hope those of you who bought The Performance, enjoyed it. 🙂 Just wanted to say that the next book, In the Mean Time, is coming along. Four very generous folk offered to edit the book and I have been amazed and so very grateful for the exceptionally useful feed back. It will take a little longer to get it out there, but it will be well worth it! Thanks again Bridget! You are a doll! OXOXOXO

  5. ellys phox says:

    Darling Bridget! Thank you again for your kindness and support. By way of Update!
    “IN THE MEAN TIME”, the above book in question, is FINALLY available on amazon. Check it out!
    Thanks and OXOXOXOXO to all of you!

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