THIS is the kind of story I want to read, which is why it’s the kind of story I’m writing. And you know what? I’ve had quite a few people say that they want me to finish writing the series because they want to read it. Because it’s different. I’m so freaking sick of agents and publishers saying how anything not mainstream won’t sell. It will. Diversity is important. New ideas are important.
To disprove the theory that the same old, same old is what people want to read: I’m straight and as white as you can get and have far more interest in reading diversity than about people exactly like me. It’s boring, honestly. Give me something new. Let me learn about things that are unfamiliar to me.
This turned into a rant, but it’s just something I feel so strongly about. I don’t want to come off as “my writing is amazing!” because honestly it’s a pile of messy first and second drafts. My point is to let there be diversity. It’s a good thing! Really! People who don't fit into the published mainstream want representation. People who do fit into the mainstream should be allowed the opportunity to learn about people who are different from them. It's a win-win all around.
(This mini-rant is crossposted from my Tumblr blog.)