Writing While Female or Black or Gay

Diverse Voices in Publishing

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
126 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2018
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Author Biography

Laine Cunningham’s books take readers on adventures around the world. The Family Made of Dust is set in the Australian Outback, while Reparation is a novel of the American Great Plains. Her women’s travel adventure memoir Woman Alone: A Six-Month Journey Through the Australian Outback appeals to fans of Wild and Eat Pray Love. Her work has received multiple awards including the Hackney and the James Jones Fellowship, and has been published by Reed, Birmingham Arts Journal, and the annual anthology by Writer’s Digest. One of her poems took second place in the 2017 Hackney Literary Award. She is the senior editor of Sunspot Literary Journal.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Don’t be fooled by the title. Writing While Female or Black or Gay: Diverse Voices in Publishing is a book for all writers. I think a lot of readers would love it too. If you are a real reader, a lifelong lover of books, you never know when the writing bug might bite you. Laine Cunningham is funny, insightful, and observant. Twenty years in publishing have given her a wealth of experience about the business and the people in it. I am glad she has taken the time to share these observations. They are relevant and useful. Even better, they can be entertaining and inspiring instead of the bucketful of despair that I expected. Laine is upbeat, funny and, most of all, encouraging while delivering the message absolutely straight.

Before I read a book like Writing While Female or Black or Gay, I look at the table of contents to get a feel of how the writer's mind is organized and to see how he or she decided to present their idea. I got the impression of a very organized and witty mind as I scanned the table of contents for this book. If you are in any doubt as to whether this book will be useful and informative, I suggest you simply read the table of contents. To me, it suggested someone with a sense of humor, a lot of useful information to share, and a unique and engaging way with words. I was absolutely right. Again, this is a book for all writers, whether or not they happen to be female or black or gay. This is a book about the industry. And it is a good one.