How Straight Mainstream Publishing Screws Gay Authors; US Marines Mark Pride Month; Ryan Field Books

How Straight Mainstream Publishing Screws Gay Authors

Here’s something interesting that I saw yesterday in a group for LGBTQ authors. It’s not quite your run of the mill screw job that we usually get from mainstream publishing and straight authors, but it is clever…in a sneaky way.  

Apparently, a straight liberal woman author who is well known for a series of books is number 1 in an LGBTQ book category on Amazon. How did she get there? She’s with a large mainstream publisher, she’s highly vocal about her liberal politics, and she often includes minor gay characters in her work. She’s known for this. 

However, her books are NOT considered LGBTQ, and they are NOT real LGBTQ content. These are mainstream books, with mainstream content, written for a mainstream audience, that sometimes have an LGBTQ character. 

And yet her publisher classifies her book as LGBTQ on Amazon, and she’s number one in this particular LGBTQ category. 


I have links, but I’m not posting them. It’s not the first time mainstream publishing has done something sneaky and it won’t be the last. I’m just pointing out that if you are writing mainstream fiction and you happen to have a gay character, that does NOT make it an LGBTQ book. That makes it a mainstream heteronormative book with a gay character. And I don’t care how liberal you are or how may gay friends you have. 

US Marines Mark Pride Month

Now here’s something more positive, and much more uplifting than what I posted above. 

The US Marine Corps has marked LGBTQ Pride Month. Anyone disagreeing with this gesture of support risks a blunt response from one serving member in particular.

It goes on to mention DADT, and the repeal which was 10 years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. It feels like yesterday I was posting about it. Here’s a link to my post dating back to 2010. 

But for now DADT has been repealed, and it looks like it’s going to stick, ending one of the most discriminatory laws this country has ever seen.

The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Ryan  Field]


“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.

Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

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