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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.