When I was a kid, I enjoyed Valentine’s Day. It meant that I could give people things that expressed my platonic love for them. It gave me a chance to make or buy little cards with little messages of affection that we’d all put in each other’s handmade mailboxes on our desks. It was great to be able to share that with my friends from school. What could possibly be better than a day that dedicated to celebrating all the people that you love? Unfortunately, my feelings toward the holiday have gotten more complicated as I’ve gotten older. Read the full essay at Equally Wed!
Yesterday I had an article I worked on last summer published through VIDA, a magazine for Women in the Literary Arts. As you can guess by the title, it’s about romance reviewing – a topic I’m passionate about as a romance author and reviewer! When it comes to the book publishing industry, there are a lot of barriers to inclusivity and diversity. Editors and publishers sometimes claim that books by and about marginalized communities do not sell, and many refuse to give underrepresented authors a chance to even try and sell their work. Recently, however, many groups within book publishing have started to push back by tracking the field’s diversity…