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? 🙂