Category: POC in Publishing
Book Video: Letters to a Writer of Color
No aspect of a writer’s craft is unaffected by race and culture; no aspect is free of potential meddling by white editors and publishers.
An Editor Can Uphold or Dismantle Systemic Racism
The racial composition of the publishing industry impedes our nation’s efforts to reconcile with its past, atone for its crimes, and learn from its mistakes.
13 Questions To Ask About Your Book
The majority of my clients are men and women of color dedicated to social justice, healing, and spirituality who have shaped their lives around their passions and beliefs. Most of them are already sharing their wisdom and knowledge through their work but all of them are longing for something more. They want to get it…
A Few Thoughts on “Playing Both Sides”
My mom’s a Puerto Rican, my dad’s a Jew , and I grew up in The Bronx. Last week on LinkedIn, Linda Espinosa Valencia reposted a TikTok of storyteller Christopher Rivas talking about how easily, when it comes to racist dynamics, brown people can play “both sides.” To Christopher Rivas’ observation I add, and when they’re mixed, they…
Safe Spaces for Creatives of Color Need to Remain Safe
In 2021, I was President of the Northwest Editors Guild in Seattle. The previous year, George Floyd had been murdered in broad daylight and white people had gotten very afraid of being called out. In 2020, it seemed like every damn organization in the country had released a statement against racism (or some bullshit like…
REPRESENTATION: In Education, in the World and on the Page
When, as People of Color, we change ourselves to accommodate an inherently racist status quo, we lose the best of what we have to offer our families, our communities and our ancestors.
Wanna make a room of white people feel awkward…?
Books by writers of color are more likely to be banned. That’s right. In the above Bitch Media interview with Kristen Pekoll from The Office of Intellectual Freedom with The American Library’s Association, she states that more than three quarters of the books banned by school libraries in 2017 were by, or about, people of…
5 Things Writers-of-Color Should Look For In Their Book Editor
I recently attended a Northwest Editor’s Guild event called “Authors on Editing,” during which three writers spoke about their experiences working with editors. I gleaned a lot of useful information from the panel discussion, and it’s always great to meet other editors. But as great as the event was, I couldn’t help noticing what was not said,…