As far as publishing advice goes, it wasn’t what I was expecting from a literary agent when trying to get my first book published.
She advised that I’d be more likely to get a publishing deal, enjoy more publicity and reach a broader audience if I changed my name to a man’s.
Silly me. There I was thinking that the publishing industry valued the market of ideas and stories based on merit. I was dumbfounded when a credible and successful member of the publishing industry — and a woman — told me that my gender might be an impediment to success.
When I refused to change my name she said, ‘Well at least you’re pretty. That should help with media.’