A Very Worrying Development
Did anyone else see the article in yesterday's Times, "Defend your writers or be damned, publishers?"
Apparently, self-appointed woke staff of publishing houses are taking it upon themselves to refuse to work on books that offend them.
Identity politics is the new minefield, with established authors being required to undergo "sensitivity readers" editing, while the idea that an author can portray someone of another race is apparently grounds for rejection.
It would seem that to be safe, we can now only write a novel where all the characters are of the same nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation and political alliegance. I understad that we should write about what we know about, but this is surely going too far. How do we get published if for example, we write a story that is historically sound and accurate, but does not conform to the current standards of woke-ness?