So, this is something that's been bugging me for awhile as I query, and I'm unsure how to handle it.
I have a physical disability (Osteogenesis Imperfecta - aka - brittle bones disease). The current novel I am querying, my main character does not have a physical disability, but one of my side characters does. However, since she's a side character I have no reason to mention her in my query, or even my synopsis. Do I still bring it up as #ownvoices? (Although I do have a WIP where one of my POV characters does have a disability... but that'll be more obvious of how to pitch it and such.)
Or, several of the agents I would LOVE to work with, I've noticed are mentioning how they want to see authors in underrepresented groups. Even if my main character in my book doesn't have a disability, do I mention that I do? If so, how would I bring it up? Does anyone have good examples of how this could be done?
I always feel weird asking because, in other senses, I'm VERY privileged. (White, cisgender, straight, Christian, etc.) But at the same time, my disability is part of who I am, and I don't want to shy away from it either. On the one hand, I want to be known for my writing and don't want to be all I NEED TO BE PUBLISHED BECAUSE I HAVE A DISABILITY! But on the other hand, if it's something that could help me/agents want to see, maybe I should be mentionig it in my query?