“From my personal experience (and I really can only speak from that perspective), I truly believe that for literary fiction, it’s much easier to sell boy writers than gals. I know. Who can possibly make such a general statement but I have to say that I’ve encountered several worthy manuscripts that I’m rather convinced that if the writer had been male, the novel would have sold.”
–from Pub Rants by Kristin Nelson, Denver literary agent
My advice to female writers: use a male pseudonym or an androgynous name unless you write romance. If I was starting now, that’s what I would do. Unfortunately, it never ever occurred to me that readers would select a book based on the gender of the writer.