Last Friday Media Diversified hosted a twitter space called Publishing, Black publishers, book deals and white agents hosted by founder Samantha Asumadu and Marcus Daniel, the editor in chief
Please find source material below and the audio above. Enjoy!
1. Independent Black publishers
2. The overwhelmingly white publishing industry
3. The Society of Authors/Should there be a black and brown society of authors?
4. Kavitas article – Decolonise not Diversify
5. Shane’s article Diversity is Dead and Whiteness Killed it
6. How to get an agent – Is it better to have a black agent or not?
7. Class in publishing – how and who does it affect?
Diversity is Dead and Whiteness Killed it
Thread from founder of Media Diversified on trying to find an agent
“Let’s face it, modern political discourse on migration is failing us, normalising inflammatory and dehumanising rhetoric in the quotidian. (Britain First’s recent election broadcast, anyone?) Immigrant stories are increasingly reductionist and politically expedient, measured solely on our relation to ‘Britishness’.
A few weeks ago I saw Ayisha Malik, author of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, address this issue at the Museum of Immigration as part of the London Book Fair, when she emphasised how people of colour in the UK are either not integrated, or never integrated enough to be considered British. As a London-born Muslim woman this was particularly poignant, as ‘integration’ sometimes feels like an unachievable ideal. My Britishness used to feel as if it were a given, but nowadays I feel like it’s an identity I will always be on the peripheries of”
2016: Bare Lit Festival: Building a Community
Courttia Newland on Finding the Way: Voice and the Writer of Colour
“You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White people”
Writing and Reading While Black. Lessons learned
Does Canada damage black people?
Does Canada damage black people? | Part 2
The UK Publishing Workforce: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in 2020
The 2020 survey is the most comprehensive ever undertaken of the UK publishing workforce, with a total of 14,122 employees from 71 businesses taking part.
Key findings include:
Over half of executive leadership and senior management roles are held by women (52% and 55% respectively). This compares to 49% and 41% in 2017. Females accounted for 64% of respondents.
Representation of people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups has remained around 13% since 2017. 3% of respondents identified as Black or Black British, 6% as Asian or Asian British, 3% as having mixed or multiple ethnicities and 1% of respondents identified as belonging to another minority ethnic group.
LGBT+ representation continues to increase with 11% of respondents either identifying as lesbian, gay, or bi, or preferring to self-describe. This figure has more than doubled since 2017 (5%). 0.6% of respondents identified as trans.
The representation of people with a disability has increased from 2% in 2017 to 8% in 2020.
Almost half of respondents have experienced mental health problems. Compared to the previous year, this increased from 40% to 46%. At the time of the survey, one in five were currently experiencing mental health problems
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