Interesting discussions going on in the blogosphere.
Publishers Weekly, which is not uninfluential in the business, have named a list of 2009's best adult books. Not a woman writer in sight. Wow.
Here are some excellent comments about that.
Look here from Lizzie Skurnick and here (Mumpsimus) and here (Tansy Raynor Roberts) and here (Tammie Pierce with a summary of other links). Thanks, Tansy, for the heads up on this one via twitter.)
Honestly, I think they say it all without me commenting as well.
And to young women writers starting out? If you are interested only in praise and money, and aren't interested in showing the turkeys what you - a woman- can do, use a male pseudonym. Sigh.