will having gay/bi characters affect my chances of getting published

Tue, Apr 10 2018 02:15am IST 1
sparkle
sparkle
7 Posts
I have written four novels a trilogy and some not all of the characters are lesbian,gay & bi sexual.
I read womens fiction a lot carole matthews/sarah morgan/katie price etc and although I enjoy these novels there are never any gay characters except the token camp male hairdresser I am wondering will this affect my chances of getting published although my novels are more detailed than your average chick lit novel I guess this is what they would be thought of would I be better going to a gay publisher?.
any advice would be helpful thanks.
Wed, Apr 11 2018 11:46am IST 2
Penworthy
Penworthy
36 Posts

I wouldn't have thought that including gay characters to a large or small extent would make any difference to their acceptability with agents or publishers. What matters is the story you set them in. and the polish (or not) of the way you have written. One of the basics that give polish is the correct use of punctuation and spelliong.

A camp male hairdresser is a stock character, which I would have thought would be a mark against those writers. ( I forget the word that's normally used). I can't say I have any personal experience to speak from as I've only ever included one gay character and he was a minor one. I believe chick lit has fallen out of favour, although your more detailed approach might be in your favour.

I don't know of any gay publishers but the Writers' And Artists' Yearbook might list one or two. Good luck with your writing

Wed, Apr 11 2018 11:47am IST 3
Penworthy
Penworthy
36 Posts
Please excuse typo. "Spelliong" - of all the words to mis-type, it had to be "spelling".
Wed, Apr 11 2018 12:39pm IST 4
L.
L.
238 Posts
Why would having a gay character affect your chances of being published, am I not sure what gave you that impression? Bearing in mind books like Carol, Tipping The Velvet, Call Me By Your Name, Simon vs The Homo Spaiens Agenda have all been successful and are all with LGBT themes, I think we are well pass the time when LGBT was a niche market.
Thu, Apr 12 2018 08:00am IST 5
BellaM
BellaM
2534 Posts
If he characters are well-written and not stereotypes you should be fine.
Thu, Apr 12 2018 08:47am IST 6
Sandra
Sandra
2188 Posts
There's times I get the impression it's almost obligatory, but in any case you should write the characters you need to write.
Fri, Apr 13 2018 05:37pm IST 7
Loretta Milan
Loretta Milan
168 Posts
You should write the story you want to write. LGBT characters shouldn’t affect your chances of publication. What matters is that they’re great characters living in a great story. There are some publishers specialing in LGBT fiction which you might want to seek out in addition to mainstream publishers. Mslexia publishes a wonderful guide to reputable, independent presses which could aid your research.
Tue, Apr 24 2018 01:35pm IST 8
Raine
Raine
991 Posts
Yeah, there are publishers specialising in LGBT fiction, but more mainstream agents/publishers are also not going to be biased for or against a novel on the basis of LGBT main or secondary characters. There is a drive now (thankfully) to increase the representation of underrepresented groups of all types, so having a diverse cast of characters is a good thing.

That said, and as you mentioned, it's important to avoid the cliche, the box-ticking: gay best friend- check, black single mum - check... etc. It frustrates me no end seeing them, and we need more intersectional, complex characters whose 'minority' status is not their only feature.

Write it, and good luck.

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