It’s my pleasure, I am glad if it helps.
This is a true and kind of sad thing. When I was writing fan comments and parody columns, a bunch of females in comics were incredibly encouraging. Then when I started getting pro offers, many of those same women immediately stopped being encouraging. I think they believed that if a new female writer showed up, it meant less work and opportunity for them. It was a hurtful thing to realize and experience.
But there were exceptions, women like Nancy A. Collins and Devin Grayson, who gave their support and time and never once acted like I was somehow encroaching on their territory.
I decided way back then that I wanted to be that person, rather than the first type. I worked very, very hard and I put up with a lot of crap to be able to do the kind of work I wanted to do. And now I have this little bit of a voice in the industry and I want to be as encouraging and helpful as I possibly can be to as many people as possible, which is why I write the advice tumblrs as often as I can.
I don’t want to fool anyone, it’s hard to break in. But people do it every day. If you have some talent and a lot of dedication and a willingness to learn, you can be one of those people and I want to be there opening the gate, not locking the deadbolt.