Reading the Locus Recommended Reading List

Reading the Locus Recommended Reading List

It's time to look at the Locus Recommended Reading List again! (2015, 2016) High-level analysis: gender parity is improving while non-binary writers are still a significantly small proportion of the total; the total percentage of writers of color dropped 3% but is still better than it was in 2015, the first year of this analysis. I'd also like to note that...

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Start-Up Suicide, Patreon Style

Start-Up Suicide, Patreon Style

I’ve been doing some more thinking about Patreon’s change to how they will be billing patrons and what it might mean for them, from a financial perspective. It’s become clear that they are de-aggregating pledges, so instead of charging patrons once per month, they will be charging them per pledge. I am so glad that I was wrong about that, because that...

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Funny Money, Patreon Style

Funny Money, Patreon Style

Edited 2017-12-08: I have more thoughts about this whole situation here, in light of the additional information provided by Patreon late Thursday afternoon. Edited 2017-12-12: Please refer to Start-Up Suicide, Patreon Style for my current thinking on this subject. Recently, Patreon sent an email out to all their creators announcing a change in their fee...

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Revisiting the Locus Recommended Reading List

Revisiting the Locus Recommended Reading List

Introduction In the year since I published my analysis of five years of data from the Locus Recommended Reading List, there has been additional work done by other organizations on the race component of this subject: the Fireside Fiction Company report on systemic anti-blackness in short fiction markets and the Fiyah Black SFF Writer Survey Report,...

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A Brief Analysis of the Locus Recommended Reading List, 2011-2015

A Brief Analysis of the Locus Recommended Reading List, 2011-2015

Introduction Locus published their annual Recommended Reading List earlier this week.  I was looking at it and became curious about its composition. Then I became curious about possible trends in the Reading List and looked at the lists for the last five years, 2011 to 2015. I took the data from the Locus website and copied it into Excel so I could...

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

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