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Originally published at Rachel Swirsky. You can comment here or there.

On my twitter feed, I wondered, what was the proper equivalent to lady editor? So I tried out a few.

With apologies to the authors, agents, and editors herein described, who I hope will find the joke fun:

Gentleman writer Ken Liu made a name for himself as much with his dapper dress as with his articulate storytelling.

Laddie editor Michael rose to prominence thanks to the help of his wife, Lynne Thomas, whose brilliant editing won her a Hugo.

Dude novelist Lavie Tidhar wrote stories with strong, active male protagonists, who worked alongside their female counterparts.

Chappie editor Niall Harrison persevered at Strange Horizons as a trail-blazing male among a staff of gender-fluid fiction editors.

Fella writer Chris East attracted novelist Jenn Reese with his willowy, nerdish charm.

Manly writer Kip charmed his wife, graphic artist Jenn Manley-Lee, into marrying him and helping to launch his career.

Bloke author Keffy Kehrli never neglected his appearance at signings: rakish hats and bright ties always accompanied his outfits.

Boy writer John Scalzi wrote charming space adventures that supplemented serious work by writers like Bujold and Bear.

Sonny boy agent Joe Monti made an effort to search out sonny boy authors who could join his stable alongside greats like Leicht and Howard.

Jonnie editor Nick Mamatas offended many readers with his shrill, testerical rantings.

And one last, for Mur Laffterty: Cock writer Dick Pricklington sported such a prodigious bulge that one editor suggested he sign his books in a swimsuit by the pool!

Late additions:

Prettyboy C. C. Finlay relied on a gender ambiguous pseudonym to lure readers into unknowingly picking up a book by a man.

Gent writer Paul Cornell was a master of work-life balance, continuing to write even after the birth of his baby.

Dudebro publisher Jason Sizemore proved males can stomach working in horror, though he acquired psychological stories, not splattergore.

Guy editor Jeff was often forgotten when he worked with his wife Ann Vandermeer who was always presumed the primary (or sole) editor.

Boyo cartoonist Barry Deutsch, though talented, didn’t do it alone; his acknowledgments admit script advice from writer Rachel Swirsky.

Stud editor John Klima is reputed to have slapped competing stud editor Jonathan Strahan; congoers gawked at the resulting “cock fight.”

Comments

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merriehaskell
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
My adoration for you is boundless.
rachel_swirsky
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
<3
mcjulie
Jun. 5th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
Although known in the wider world primarily for his marriage to music superstar Amanda Palmer, in the world of science fiction gentleman writer Neil Gaiman was well known for his good looks and charming stories.
rachel_swirsky
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Excellent.
chickwriter
Jun. 5th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hah, yes!
matociquala
Jun. 6th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Genius.
elliemurasaki
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
WIN
britmandelo
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hah!
julieandrews
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
I heart several of these quite a lot! I was going to quote which ones, but then there was another one and another I hearted as much!
rachel_swirsky
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Peter Sursi
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
You are awesome in so many ways right now.
tinaconnolly
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
LOVE.
nihilistic_kid
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Finally, I have arrived!
hand2hand
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
you win the internets.
clarentine
Jun. 6th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Seconded!
etumukutenyak
Jun. 7th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thirded!
chickwriter
Jun. 5th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
So.
Much.
Win.
casacorona
Jun. 5th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome.
gwynnega
Jun. 5th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Excellent!!
green_knight
Jun. 5th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just wow.
silk_noir
Jun. 6th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
Brilliant! May I share?
rachel_swirsky
Jun. 6th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Sure!
ironed_orchid
Jun. 6th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
This is wonderful.
lokifan
Jun. 6th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
AHAHAHA. Pure joy!
dharma_slut
Jun. 6th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
Excellent... balm for the soul, even!
atheilen
Jun. 6th, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
This is amazing.
matociquala
Jun. 6th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Gentleman Bastard writer Scott Lynch was renowned for his good looks, muscular build, and flowing, golden locks. ;-)
rachel_swirsky
Jun. 6th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ha! I avoided doing any looks-based ones for obvious reasons, but I don't think anyone can object to you doing one for Scott. ;)
matociquala
Jun. 6th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
He suggested I make a comment about him sleeping his way to a publishing career, but I squicked. *g* Besides, you said Ken was dapper! (Ken is dapper.)
arib
Jun. 7th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
These were fun to read. :-)

(here via seanan_mcguire 's LJ...)
cissa
Jun. 9th, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
These are excellent!
ontogenesis
Jun. 9th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Haha, very nice. I'm guessing you know about the Hawkeye Initiative?

gothrockrulz
Jun. 10th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
Bravo, this is pure gold!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 15th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Hilarious and brilliant. And may I congratulate you for your adjectives. It's a lot easier to find dismissive/casual descriptors for women.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 29th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Achievement unlocked: double fiction. You can now construct imagined reversals of equally imagined social dynamics.
rachel_swirsky
Jun. 29th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
This is the first genuinely funny trolling comment I've ever received. Ten points.
mouseneb
Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Fabulous. Found this today after reading several of your stories and falling in love.
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