Over the last few years, I’ve watched as the conversation about diversity transition from “There aren’t any speculative fiction writers of color/female/LGBTQI/etc” to “We must expend effort to overcome our unconscious biases to reach out to and include writers of all types.” (Liz Bourke’s essay over on Tor unpacks this beautifully.)
@AuthorIDontKnow Hey, can you send me your email address for reasons?
Especially when I’m trying to collate a list like this – it means I’ll have a bunch of tweets all in a row that say essentially the same thing, and might be perceived as a spammer rather than an interested party. I’ll probably have to bite the bullet and just start tweeting and hope nobody gets upset.
2. Far, far worse is when authors have no public-facing contact information. Sometimes I can look them up on SFWA’s membership roster (since I’m a member), but too often it means I just have a name, nothing more.
Perhaps these folks are already swamped, and aren’t interested in more writing work.
But if you’re an author and are interested in more writing work, it’s important that you have a way (like a nameplate page and e-mail address) that publishers can reach you.