25 Jun '14, 6am

A perfect response to the simplistic statement, "If you want diverse books, write them. That's it." #writing #reading

The point of this campaign is that there are some wonderful diverse books that are published but that don’t sell. Because they don’t sell, they don’t stay in the shelves long. Because they don’t stay in the shelves long, they don’t earn out (meaning they don’t recoup the small advance paid to the authors). Because they don’t earn out, publishers consider them a loss and the authors can’t publish another book. Because they can’t publish another book, other diverse authors also don’t get published. This is an oversimplification of a complicated problem. But to say if you want them just write them is just plain wrong. It’s like making a comment on a subject you know nothing about. Please educate yourself first. We need diverse books to do well in the marketplace so that they can STAY in the marketplace and more people can read them. FFS, not everyone is a writer! Just because...

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