Update: 43 Authors have signed the letter.

When we made our letter public yesterday, we had 26 authors who initially signed the letter. Since then 17 additional authors have signed for a total of 43. You can see a complete list of names here.

If you’re LDS (Mormon) and a published author and would like to add your name to the list, please send me an email with a link to your blog/website.

Also, you can find some news coverage of the letter at the Salt Lake Tribune.

Update: Since I posted this yesterday, four more authors have added their names. The total now stands at 47.

Update 2: The total of authors who have now signed the letter is 51.

Update 3: Our numbers have more than doubled. 53 authors have now signed the letter.

Mormon Writers Ask for Manuscripts to be Treated on Quality of Work not Content of Biography

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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.

Signed

Braden Bell
Abel Keogh
Rachelle Christensen
Liz Adair
Frank Cole
Jeff Savage
Daron Fraley
Steve Westover
Marilyn Bunderson
Donna K. Weaver
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Matt Peterson
Heather Justesen
Tanya Parker Mills
Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Loralee Evans
Melanie Jacobson
Marion Jensen
Carole Rummage
Josi S. Kilpack
Sarah M. Eden
Jolene Perry
Michael Young
Carole Thayne Warburton
Chantele Sedgwick
Mette Ivie Harrison
Christine Mehring
Aubry Mace
Cheri Chesley
Amber Argyle
Julie Coulter Bellon
Annette Lyon
Luisa Perkins
Christy Dorrity
Linda Gerber
Clint Johnson
Brent J. Rowley
Theric Jepson
Penny Freeman
Michelle D. Argyle
Ryan Rapier
Julie Wright
Carla Kelly
Krista Lynne Jensen
Shannon Guymon
B.K. Bostick
Marcia Mickelson
Julianne Donaldson
Shirley Bahlmann
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis
Jenny Proctor
Kristyn Crow
Bree Despain
Valerie J Steimle
Margaret Turley
Danyelle Ferguson
Danyelle Ferguson
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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