YIKES! Today is here already!! Challenging the glass ceiling…after I master the challenge of getting out of bed!

Well, well, well. Hello second Monday of the month! How did you arrive without me noticing? Better late than later, right?

So I’ve had a whirlwind weekend, with a two day, one night trip to Chicago for Printers Row! If you’ve never heard of it, check it out: HERE! It’s one of the, if not the largest literary festival in the nation. I was lucky enough to be on a panel, and the room was packed!

Mystery: Breaking the Deadly Glass Ceiling: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Jessie Chandler, Susanna Calkins, Raymond Benson moderated by Jeffrey Marks

Panel,
Mystery
  • Saturday 2:15 pm — 3:00 pm
Jones College Prep/Classroom #5010
Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of “Nobody’s Child”, Jessie Chandler, author of “Operation Stop Hate”, Susanna Calkins, author of “The Masque of a Murderer”, Raymond Benson, author of “The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings”, moderated by Jeffrey Marks, author of “The Afterlife Interviews”.

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Jessie Chandler

Susanna Calkins

Raymond Benson

Jeffrey Marks

Moderator

We talked about writers attempting to break that damn, deadly glass ceiling, particularly female characters and how they are accepted or shunned by mainstream readers. While I could devote an entire blog to this, I’ll keep it short in the interest of getting this up. Women make up more than 70% of the book buying public. Reviews and sales of books with female protagonists continue to lag behind those of our male counterparts. Male authors outrank female authors by sheer number, as well.

Are there fewer chicks out there writing and attempting to become published? Obviously this isn’t the case in the lesfic world, but it is in the mainstream. Why do you think this is? When you buy a mainstream book (if you do!) do you stick to women writers/protagonists only? Does it matter to you? What have you noticed of your family and friend’s reading habits? Who do they read? Do they buy the James Pattersons of the world or do they hunt for more obscure writers that B&N doesn’t carry? Do you think women can ever match the acceptance of our male counterparts?

I was talking with the president of Mystery Writers of America-Midwest Chapter, Clare O’Donohue, and is a huge supporter of diversity and the written word. She wondered when (or IF!) it no longer mattered that the main character was a lesbian, was black, was Jewish, whatever. I love the sentiment, and I hope one day that it won’t.

Wow. That’s something for your brain to chew on this morning! Let me know what ya’ll think!!!

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