A few years ago, not long after we started Fahrenheit, I felt the need to write a blog post asking more women to submit manuscripts to us. (You can read the original post here).
At the time almost 90% of the submissions we were getting were from men and that didn't sit too well with us. I'm pleased to say though that our appeal worked and we've enjoyed a fairly healthy split for most of the last two years.
Recently though we've noticed submissions from women have dropped back to about 10-15% of all the submissions we receive and the gender split in our published books has dropped from around 50/50 to 70/30 (in favour of men).
I explained why I think less women send us submissions the first time around - i don't want to go through the whole thing again but sadly most of it seems to still ring true.
I'll just quote this bit though because it seems the most pertinent...
And it seems to be happening again, we don't know why our numbers have slipped back again - some people I've talked to reckon it's just the nature of things but I don't really buy that. My guess is it's because we've been so busy trying to keep our publishing business running that we took our eye off the gender balance ball and stopped noticing. It's clear to us now that if we don't keep the pressure up with these issues the status quo very quickly re-asserts itself.
So for that I'm sorry - it's down to me to make sure we're staying true to our orginal vision and we can't do that if all our books are written by blokes.
So please, take this as notice that we are actively looking for more submissions by women writers.
Being a woman wont mean you're more likely to get published by us, we’ll NEVER make a publishing decision based on the gender or sexuality of an author or their characters but I simply don’t want to run a publishing house where one gender outnumbers the other 4 to 1.
I'll end this by quoting again from the original blog post from a few years ago...
Okay, that's all, just a nudge and shake so we all do a bit better...