#GoodRead | Can We Stop Pretending The Publishing Industry Is Fair Now?
When the manuscript came under a name coded as “white man,” agents found the work “clever,” “well-constructed.” They were reportedly desperate to read more. When it came under a name coded as “white woman,” agents found it “beautifully written” but otherwise lacking. One told her that he found the pages in the query so ambitious he would simply have declined to read the full manuscript. He wouldn’t think it likely she could pull it off. These agents didn’t seem to have these fears about the abilities of her male alter ego, George.