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Karen Pavlicin, November/December 2020
An Update From IBPA’s DEI Task Force »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Karen Pavlicin, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — Enabling positive, actionable, systemic change. IBPA’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, developed by the IBPA Board of Directors in August 2019, includes the strategic goal of eliminating bias and enhancing diversity within the association. To help reach this goal, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task …

Kathy Strahs, September/October 2020
Board Members Memo: Baking to Make Things Better »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Kathy Strahs, Founder, Burnt Cheese Press — How Burnt Cheese Press founder embraced baking as an opportunity to make a positive difference. “Cooking and baking is physical and mental therapy.” —Mary Berry At one point, early in quarantine when pantry staples were running scarce, I procured a 50-pound bag of flour …

Jalissa Corrie & Pat Simmons, September/October 2020
BIPOC Representation in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 An interview with Jalissa Corrie of Lee & Low Books and Christian romance author Pat Simmons. Jalissa Corrie is a marketing and publicity manager at Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. How did concerns about racial inequity in publishing lead to the founding of …

Paul Dixon, September/October 2020
Persistence in the Face of Turmoil: Creating Black Lead Characters »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Paul Dixon, Co-founder, Matter of Africa America Time Corp. Selling books with Black lead characters has been a challenge, but representation matters, and the window of opportunity is open. My cousin, author Lehman Riley, and I have published eight books in our The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers third-grade reading …

Jason Low, May/June 2020
Does Diversity Matter During a Pandemic? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Jason Low, Publisher/Co-owner, Lee & Low Books — Lee & Low Books releases the results of the second iteration of the Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 2.0). Article Synopsis: In DBS 2.0, literary agents and academic presses were added to the scope of the survey, which contributed to a 112% increase in …

Angela D. Coleman, January/February 2019
The Future Is Female »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Angela D. Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda — Authors and publishers need to understand the changing social climate in order to produce content that women and girls want and need. Women and girls are rising around the globe. After decades of women empowerment activities, the plight of women and …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2018
Diversity Resources To Connect Authors from Underrepresented Communities with Publishers »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Below, you’ll find a helpful list of programs and initiatives that connect authors from underrepresented communities with publishers. Authors from underrepresented communities want to be heard. Publishers want to help them find an audience. By offering awards, mentorships, scholarships, and grants, as well as …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2018
Getting There: Why Indie Publishers are Well-Positioned to Satisfy the Need for Diverse Voices »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Are independent publishers making strides toward engaging more diverse audiences? IBPA asked a sample of IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™-winning authors and publishers to weigh in on diversity and inclusion in the publishing industry. Here’s what they had to say. Goodreads, Kirkus Reviews, and The …

Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2018
The Year of Publishing Women »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Oregon-based indie Not a Pipe Publishing accepted the challenge brought on by UK author Kamila Shamsie to only publish titles by women in 2018. In 2015, author Kamila Shamsie called for a “Year of Publishing Women” as a way to counter and …

Rosemary Laryea, June 2017
A New Chapter in African Writing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Rosemary Laryea, Producer, “Culture Vultures” Newly emerging African publishing companies are at last winning international recognition for their inspirational literature. There is a significant and fast-growing appetite for African-inspired stories as reflected by nominations for major literary prizes such as the Not The Booker Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and …

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