I write ‘women’s commercial fiction’ – why is my work still seen as inferior to men’s?
Blah, blah, romance isn’t seen as being as serious as other books etc.
Well, yes, but have a look at the society around you for the Lord’s Sake:
romantic novels are one of the backbones of the industry, flying off the shelves in their millions. “We make profit,” she wrote. “No one gives us publishing deals because they feel obliged to.”
Indeed so but the sort of upper middle class and declining aristocracy that run British publishing still have that innate hatred of trade. Which is why you’re at the tradesmans’ entrance of the industry – the nobby nobs who write those things that sell 300 copies get the front door because they’re not profitable trade, d’ye see?