Honestly I can’t believe you said “There are Native American bestsellers on Goodreads.”
The person IS considered above and beyond and apart from the work and the only work that is promoted or accepted by legacy publishing is:
- Reinforces past stereotypes or fits into market categories.
- If by an author of atypical or different group, fits what the purchasers think that person should be, or would be expected to be writing.
- Makes the acquiring editor “feel good” or reinforces editor’s preconceived notions.
You can’t even begin to take me on with these business aspects. I only said what I said about Native Americans because the token Native American representative author is Sherman Alexie. Then there’s … all those Goodreads bestsellers! Sherman is great and it’s not Sherman’s fault. We are fortunate that his work at least has had some exposure.
I had young women of 18–19 lecturing me about “what readers like” and “how to be an editor” when I was the Alumna in residence at my undergraduate institution. They had interned for S & S or Hachette for a summer.
I don’t care if only one person reads what I write here on Medium. I know the path I have set forth for myself is the right one for me. That took me a lifetime to learn.
And yes I did come to that decision while working for the steaming pile of cultural bullshit ripoffs that is the “legacy publishing and media” system. Stupid greedy people screaming at others to make a cheap buck.