"From my personal experience (and I really can only speak from that perspective), I truly believe that for literary fiction, it’s much easier to sell boy writers than gals. I know. Who can possibly make such a general statement but I have to say that I’ve encountered several worthy manuscripts that I’m rather convinced that if the writer had been male, the novel would have sold."
--from Pub Rants by Kristin Nelson, Denver literary agent
My advice to female writers: use a male pseudonym or an androgynous name unless you write romance. If I was starting now, that's what I would do. Unfortunately, it never ever occurred to me that readers would select a book based on the gender of the writer.