Last week I started a series of posts about diversity in romance writing/publishing (if you missed it, you can read it here). In that post I noted that, despite a focus on increasing diversity in romance fiction in recent years, the number of books published by diverse writers (aka PoC) has actually decreased. The decrease seems to be driven, in part, because traditional publishers don’t think they can sell books by diverse authors and/or they don’t think there is an audience for those stories.
Since it has been noted that those in the traditional publishing industry continue to be predominately white, I’m not surprised that they may face some challenges when trying to sell books by diverse authors, but since a whopping 60% of the Top 10 Bestsellers at The Ripped Bodice bookstore in 2017 were written by PoC, the lack of an audience is hardly likely to be one of those challenges.
As you may have seen if you have been following politics much at all during the past few years, driving change can take consistent and persistent effort. Perhaps if the issue is raised again and again and again, the needle will begin to move. Continue reading