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Mormon Writers Ask for Manuscripts to be Treated on Quality of Work not Content of Biography
In response to recent events and attention in local and national media, we authors, who are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, feel the need to express our disagreement and disappointment with Cedar Fort in their dealings with David Powers King and Michael Jensen in regards to the manuscript, Woven. We appreciate that Cedar Fort has returned the rights to the work in question and want to note that there are many wonderful people working at Cedar Fort–staff members and authors–who strive to carry out their duties with professionalism and courtesy. Nevertheless we wish to offer our support to our fellow authors and feel compelled to speak out.
As writers, many of whom have published with Cedar Fort, we believe everyone should be treated fairly and with respect, regardless of political or religious affiliation, age, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe that degrading attacks are inappropriate in any business or personal relationship. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), we understand our church to teach respect and encourage civility–even when we have differences of opinion.
While publishers have the right to choose what they will and will not publish, we believe books should be accepted or rejected upon the merits of their content, quality, and commercial viability, not on any other factor. If a publisher isn’t comfortable with an author’s personal choices, those concerns should be discussed clearly and respectfully upon signing a contract–not hours before the book goes to press.
We believe that all publishers should be clear and professional in their submission requirements, treat others with dignity and respect, and give all authors the right to be judged on the quality of their work, not the content of their biography.
Donna K. Weaver
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Tanya Parker Mills
Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Josi S. Kilpack
Sarah M. Eden
Carole Thayne Warburton
Mette Ivie Harrison
Julie Coulter Bellon
Brent J. Rowley
Michelle D. Argyle
Krista Lynne Jensen
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis
Valerie J Steimle
David C. Carroll
Update: Three More authors have asked their names to be added. Bringing the total number of authors who have signed the letter to 29.
Update 2: Total number of authors who have signed the letter is 32.
Update 3: Total number of authors who have signed the letter is 34.
Update 4: 37 authors have now signed the letter.
Update 5: A total of 41 authors have now signed the letter.
Update 6: A total of 43 authors have now signed the letter.
Update 7: A total of 47 authors have now signed the letter.
Update 8: 51 authors have now signed the letter.
Update 9: Our numbers have more than doubled. 53 authors have now signed the letter.
Update 10: 56 authors have now signed the letter.
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