Publishing is a business. At the end of the day, books have to make money.
In cold reality, that’s what a lot of authors are actually thinking when they’re reluctant to write transgender characters and books. It doesn’t sell.
That’s also not true.
In May and August of this year, I released two transgender books. The young adult release outsold every other young adult book I’ve ever written – that is to say, all of its cosy, safe, gay counterparts – within the first four months of its little life. The adult release outsold every other book I’ve ever written, both young adult and adult, within one month. For the first time in my career, I breached the four-figure royalty mark. And I published both with a small press, with limited reach, and unashamedly focusing on the m/m market.
They sold. Big time.
At the end of day, we can talk about why rep is important until the cows come home. But without directing you towards some of that rep, how can we say we’ve really done anything for the trans authors and trans books already out there?
So here’s a list of some of trans authors we know of, and some trans fiction recs by Will Arthur Maurici. It’s not exhaustive. Some will have been missed, because we’re only human and don’t pretend for a minute to have found or read all the trans fiction out there. Some authors have deliberately been missed if they’re not out as such to the public. But it’s a start.
So be an ally. Buy a book – either one of those named below, or from one of the transgender authors trying to make it in this cis-dominated, very undiverse industry.
Books with Transgender Main Characters
(in no particular order)
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Refuse by Elliott DeLine
Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger
What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger
Roller Girl by Vanessa North
Y Negative by Kelly Haworth
The Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by Elliott DeLine
Green Toes by Avery Flinders
Wandering Star by K M Penemue
The Cobbler’s Soleless Son by Meredith Katz
George by Alex Gino
Prosperity by Alexis Hall
Liberty and Other Stories by Alexis Hall
I Am J by Chris Beam
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
(in no particular order)
Anna Zabo is a non-binary author writing queer contemporary and paranormal romance.
Anya Johanna DeNiro is a trans author of poetry, short stories and novellas.
April Daniels is a trans author who, added bonus, has a transgender YA novel coming out in January 2017.
Austin Chant is a trans author of romance novels.
B. A. Brock is a trans author writing speculative fiction.
Blaine Arden is a genderqueer author writing romance, usually mixed with strong fantasy elements.
E. E. Ottoman is a trans author writing a variety of queer and trans fiction.
Elliott DeLine is a trans author focusing on transgender stories.
Elliot Wake is a trans author writing YA/NA books.
James Loke is a trans author of speculative fiction.
Kris Ripper is a genderqueer author of erotica and romance.
Matthew J. Metzger is a trans author of erotica, romance, and YA.
*Please note: we are aware of a number of other transgender and non-binary authors out there. However if we could not confirm from their online presence that they were openly transgender or non-binary, then they have not appeared on this list for privacy and security concerns. We will never disclose anyone’s gender identity if it is not already in the public domain on that individual’s own websites or publicly-accessible social media.