Male Contributors on LTWF

18 Sep

We had a question asked of us recently on our Question of the Week Page that we wanted to answer, but didn’t think belonged in our standard QOTW format. The question was this: Just curious, but I’ve noticed there are no male contributors on LTWF. Is there a particular reason for that, or was it just some chance thing that happened?

The fact that we are all female happened completely by chance. We had a potential male contributor at one point in time, but he was so busy that he didn’t have enough time for us, and we decided to amicably part ways before he was announced as a contributor.

The truth of why we don’t have any male contributors now, and why we didn’t start with male contributors in the beginning, has to do with statistics. All of our contributors must have originated on FictionPress. FP is composed of mostly female writers. Therefore, when Sarah sent out an email asking the original contributors to join, it was just chance that they all happened to have made a name for themselves, while being female.

Since then, except for our once-potential contributor above, we haven’t had any applications for male contributors. We expect that, statistically, when/if we open back up for contributors, we will receive a male applicant one day.

In summary, we’re not opposed to male contributors at all, we just haven’t really had the chance to have one. 🙂

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6 Responses to “Male Contributors on LTWF”

  1. fromawriter September 18, 2010 at 12:08 AM #

    That’s very true. I remember seeing a poll on Deviantart(art website~) on someone’s account that asked how many girls there were are majority answered were girls and this was a popular account by the way. And Fictionpress just. . . has a lot of female writers, haven’t noticed any males yet that I remember though.

    • Vanessa September 19, 2010 at 10:11 PM #

      I just need to say that I LOVE deviantart! I still have an account on there… too bad I haven’t touched it in ages!

  2. tymcon September 18, 2010 at 6:30 AM #

    Yup. True. I have noticed more women than men on fictionpress. A lot more women than men. It’s probably because of that article ages ago about the boy problem. You know female YA books.

    • Vanessa September 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM #

      I actually can’t recall ever reading anything by a male author on Fictionpress (back in the day when I still read people’s stuff on FP). FP isn’t just YA though, so I find it to be very curious!

  3. Cassie September 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up! It was something that I just suddenly noticed one day while perusing the site, and wasn’t sure if it was intentional or not. I wanted to see if this was a females-only site or something of the like, because that would be pretty cool – Women of Writing Unite! =] But that would be better if writing was a profession dominated by men…which it’s not, I guess…but that’s fine too because this site is great the way it is =D

    • Vanessa September 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM #

      The publishing industry is actually dominated by women, believe it or not!

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