How Literary Agents and Mainstream Publishing Have Failed LGBTQ People, Ryan Field Books

How Literary Agents and Mainstream Publishing Have Failed LGBTQ Readers and Authors

Instead of me going off on a rant about my own dismal, negative experiences with literary agents and mainstream publishers, I’m linking to this article. I think it shows, in detail, the obstacles we face as non-straight authors who don’t have straight privilege. And the most ironic and hypocritical aspect in all of this is that literary agents and mainstream publishers will be the first to tell you just how liberal, diverse, and eager they are to support LGBTQ people. 

Unfortunately, the majority (not all) can’t seem to get beyond their own straight privilege. 

As a gay writer, I can identify with everything in this article. This has been my entire professional life. 

I, on the other hand, like almost all authors writing LGBT content, failed to secure a literary agent and eventually found a home with the small, independent lesbian publisher Ylva Publishing. Ylva has few resources comparable to Little, Brown. Its books rely heavily on Goodreads reviews and word of mouth to generate groundswell rather than glossy ads in commercial magazines. No celebrity authors provide reviews or blurbs for Ylva’s books.

Here’s the rest. It’s an excellent piece and I recommend it highly. Notice how I’m not even mentioning race or other marginalized groups. LGBTQ people and anyone who falls under that umbrella, are the last minority to gain any kind of recognition or representation. We can’t even get a mainstream literary agent to represent a G-rated gay memoir, and in many ways it’s just as bad for us now as it was 30 years ago. Sometimes I think it’s worse because they will exploit us and promote all the worst stereotypes if they think it will make them money. And you all know I’m right about that. 

 The Wizard of Pride

The Straight Pride Parade
The Straight Pride Parade

 Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf


Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”


“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

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