Friday update: WPT anthology

So… I’m going to try to keep this update brief for now, but I think it’s important that I let readers know what’s going on with me and the Wicked Pretty Things anthology. You might have noticed that I pulled down links to the project earlier in the week.

As most people know, I am hugely supportive of representing diversity in all kinds in fiction; especially, though of course not limited to, YA fiction. I’ve talked about it before right here on the blog, and try hard to represent the beautiful diversity of all people in my writing. As a good friend said to me the other day: “We’re pro-love!” And I thought, yeah… that’s right. I am absolutely pro-love in all its wonderful forms. 🙂

I have made the decision to request that my story, ‘The Lost Boy,’ be removed from Wicked Pretty Things. I’m afraid I can’t have my work associated with something that is now under this cloud – a cloud that personally makes me feel way more than uncomfortable. It goes against everything I believe in. I believe there is always more to a situation than we can possibly know, looking in from the outside, but I also know that I believe in love between all people more than that. I am happy to report that I have the support of the UK publisher of The Iron Witch in this decision, and I’m sure that one way or another my story about Xan will find a new home. And if not, I will make a home for it here on the website when I have permission.

I’m not going to say more out of respect for my long association and friendship with Trisha Telep. This is why this situation has been even more difficult for me. I used to work with Trisha at Murder One bookstore in London, and she gave me my first publishing break in The Eternal Kiss. I have a lot to thank her for, so I don’t take this decision lightly.

Anyway. That’s where things stand for now. Thanks for listening!

Edited to add: Having re-read this post, I realise that it might look like I’m saying that my UK editor is behind me but my US editor is not. That is certainly not the case! I could only say anything about the UK because that’s who I spoke with; my US editor is currently away, though I’m sure the situation will be the same.

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  1. Uhm, those things were supposed to have HUGS inbetween them.

    And also I meant to say, you are doing the right thing and everyone understands 100%. Just really looking forward to reading the Xan story in whichever shape it comes out.

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  2. I have this feeling that the anthology now has a cloud of DOOM over it, which is sort of sad because it seemed like it would be awesome and then all the stuff happened and now I can’t even support buying it because I am upset about the Stuff which has created the DOOM.

    The internet is a fabulous marketing tool, it can make or break anything within the blink of an eye.

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  3. Bravo to you for standing up for what you believe in. This is a very professional response and I am hopeful for your future successes. I look forward to reading your books and hope to read that short story. Good Luck!

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  4. It’s always hard to make a stand when there are people you respect on the other side, but good for you for keeping true to yourself. I hope that you can find a home for Xan’s story in the future.

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  5. I am so proud of you right now *hugs* I know what a hard decision this must have been, but because of the integrity of yourself and Jessica Verday, and other authors I see have withdrawn, a really wonderful message is going out there. I’m sure Xan will find another home.

    PS – Started the Iron Witch yesterday – love Donna!

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  6. Brave decision, my friend. Well done. x

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  7. Brave and principled move.
    Now go turn it into a novel for us.

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  8. *hugs* I know how difficult this decision was for you. In the end you were professional and still true to yourself. Well done.

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  9. I heart you. I know this was hard and I’m here for you if you need me. Anytime. You’re the best. *big hugs and some booze and cupcakes*

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  10. I am so deeply moved by your decision to take this brave and somewhat risky stand. I was already a fan of your work but now you have gained a lifelong fan and supporter. Thank you so much for being such a strong rolemodel and standing up for what you believe in, especially considering your friendship with the editor who has found herself in the middle of this wild storm.

    I wish for nothing but the best for you and your career.

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  11. Sometimes it can be hard to stand up for what you believe in, and being a ‘new’ author and choosing to pull out of an anthology must have been very difficult, especially since you’re friends with the editor. I’m proud of you for sticking to your convictions. I think it sets a good example to your YA readers who may be following this and as a YA author that sort of thing can be kind of important.

    *hugs*

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  12. Kudos to you, Karen!

    In light of this, I’ve written to Trisha to withdraw my own story from a different antho. I’d rather not work with this kind of prejudice.

    {{{{hugs}}}}

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  13. I love how many authors are taking a stand against this kind of homophobia — and it must be doubly difficult for you because of your connections to the editor. So, thank you. Sincerely.

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  14. Im not certain on the back story of this, but from the comments i gather it deals with homophobia?

    In any case i love that you stuck to your guns! Maybe that isnt the most appropriate saying for this… :/? It’s respectable when some one sticks to their beliefs. I can see why you may have needed that Wonder Woman post.

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  15. I recently heard about this issue and have read the post that Jessica Verday did on this. I support your decision entirely and admit that I am rather disgusted and saddened by all of this. Well done. I know that this decision must have been hard for you, but it was the right one, and I’m sure that your story will find a new home somewhere. Way to go.

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  16. *Hugs* I think the quote about ‘Love is love’ sums it all 🙁 Sorry this has happened

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  17. *HUGS* I can only imagine how tough this decision must have been for you, Kaz. I’m really, really impressed by you, always.

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  18. Karen, this is awesome! I truly admire your courage (as well as Jessica’s, and all of the other authors who’ve done the same) in standing up for what you believe in. This kind of thing should NOT be happening.

    PS. I look forward to hearing more about when/where Xan’s story will be available. 🙂

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  19. Wasn’t quite sure what was going on until I looked it up. 🙂

    *HUGS* You did the right thing, Karen. Your story will find another home somewhere.

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  20. I hadn’t heard about the situation before this, but I’m so sorry that it came to this, and that you had to make the decision that you did. However, I think what you did is amazing, and it’s great to have people standing up and doing the right thing, no matter how hard it might be. Good for you! *hugs*

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  21. You have my support 100% in this difficult situation. It’s not easy to make a choice like this. I only realized what was happening because Lisa Mantchev posted on Facebook announcing that she too was withdrawing her story from the anthology.

    As someone trying to get an agent and break into the field, I worry about ever ‘getting my work out there’ but I’ve never thought of what it would be like to face choices like this AFTER I’ve ‘made it’, and have readers who can, theoretically, take their support away from you, depending on their own views of such situations.

    You and Lisa are heroes, ahem, heroines, as far as I’m concerned! And I think anyone who loves you and what you create with your writing will respect you and admire you for standing up for what is right! 🙂 And I thank you for your choice to do so.

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  22. Oh good gravy look at all those posts! I swear, I only got a *little* impatient… *face/palm*

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    1. No worries, I deleted the extras. 🙂

      Thanks for sticking with it to comment – yesterday was kind of crazy for website traffic. I got almost 10 times the regular number of visitors and I think my little site couldn’t cope.

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  23. <3 you should already know this but clearly you are a phenonmenal person. I hope we still get to read Xan's story, one day, in the right anthology.

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  24. I’m proud of you! 😀 It’s so nice to see people standing up for what they feel is right.

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  25. (((Hugs Kaz)))
    As much as I want to be a published author, I would hate to have been in your position. Your story will find a home, I’m sure of it 🙂
    xxx

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  26. I didn’t realize you were one of the authors who had submitted to this anthology – this decision must have been terribly difficult and I respect you IMMENSELY for it. I always knew you were cool. 😉

    *so many hugs!* 🙂

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