Hey everyone - fun question/can of worms. (And apooigiap for wall of text.) Lately my own internal imposter syndrome has learned to talk publishing industry lingo and has been repeatedly reminding me that, as a white male author writing mostly-female POV characters of multiple ethnic backgrounds, I'm sitting on a publishing industry minefield (given the current state of the some very important debates in society). Hence, that little voice in my head has started telling me that I'm radioactive to the publishing industry (especially given my history center-right political work, although I should point out that I've been vocally anti-Trump) and that I should quit writing...which has pretty much shut down my editing output. Don't worry, I'm not going to quit writing. But I can't take people's advice to shift to strictly white male protagonists to avoid criticism because I SUCK at writing male characters with the level if depth I want (that and I fail to see how telling white male writers to keep writing only white men is a good thing, but that's a whole other debate.) I'm working on it, but I'm not there on the whole improving my male characters thing. Meanwhile my brain keeps writing Washington Post think pieces slamming imaginary future publishers for signing me, not because of anything in the book, but because it's just not acceptable right now for men to be writing inside women's heads (especially not men who've worked in center-right politics and are religious.) So, all that said, I'd like to try to find someone inside the industry to seek advice from - and either get a pass to keep writing or confirm that I'm radioactive as a person regardless of what I write. NOT looking for people to agree with me or tell me it's going to be all right, I just know it's probably a bad idea to post any of this on the writing/publishing social media forums I'm a member of because I don't want to start fights, and frankly my in-person writing group is also having fights about whether it's ever moral for a straight white man to write any other identity given their position at the top of the Western Societal power-pyramid (usually not even about my stuff) and I don't want more of that. And I'm really worried that even asking this question using my real name could get me labelled as all sort of things without getting an answer (or worse, draw "moral support" from people I have no interest in being associated with and really make it hard to interact with the industry.) So any thoughts on who to talk to about what the industry is or isn't willing to accept from male writers given the very rapidly evolving debate on gender? And yeah, sorry for opening the worm can.