The issue about the lack of women hard science fiction writers continues to rumble on, with Damien Walter from the Guardian now going to press.
I don’t have that much new to say since my last blog on the subject (including the comments). But one thing has occurred to me… apparently women tend to do a lot more editing than men before sending their manuscript out. The means that if women and men had the same number of hours in which to write their novels, they would have less submissions to send out. Ergo, it is not surprising that publishers receive fewer submissions from women than from men. The other thing with editing is that edits do change the word counts of the piece, usually making them smaller. So higher required word counts will place another bias against women. From what I can see, publishers are asking for more words per novel these days, but I could be wrong. So here we have women being more professional than men in general, and they are in two ways being penalised for it.
It’s a crazy world….
I think I had better get back to designing my light sabre – it’s a more sane thing to do – when I mentioned my light sabre design ideas to an engineering colleague, she said that it dealt with one of the design issues… So I must be doing something right… May the force be with you!