March 14, 2020

The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first all-romance bookstore (located in Los Angeles) has published its fourth annual diversity in romance report, and the news is still pretty dismal. 

Sisters Bea and Leah Koch surveyed 18 publishers of romance and only one had improved the number of books written by Authors of Color this past year. The report focuses on the race of the authors being published by both the Big Five publishing companies and independent romance publishers, but does not cover indie authors. According to this most recent survey,...

February 6, 2020

2020 is already off to a hard start for the mainstream publishing industry with the fall from grace of the #RWAshitshow, followed by the fallout from the publishing of American Dirt and now the surprise Black History Month re-publication of a dozen “classic” novels with new covers featuring, not one but five, different “diverse” interpretations.

This roll-out of was the brainchild of Barnes & Nobles and Random House who were planning on hosting a panel discussion at the flagship B & N store on Fifth Avenue in New York on...

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