Increasing Visibility of Diverse Speculative Fiction Books
Fans and authors of diverse books that feature people of color are coming together to promote diversity in the horror, paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction genres (also known as Speculative fiction when combined). They are asking for Amazon to add diversity categories for people of color. Within the last month Amazon added “LGBT” categories to the genres mentioned above.
To help support the cause, sign the petition here: http://goo.gl/gSoRWY
Diversity has been a hot topic within the last year in book publishing. The “We Need Diversity” campaign was created to promote diversity in children’s books due to a lack of diverse narratives of main characters. In addition, a survey from Publisher’s Weekly found that only 1% of 630 responding publishing companies are owned by African Americans. Hispanic Americans only own 3%. Both of these stats are a far cry from the United States population of African (13.2%) and Hispanic or Latino (17.1%) Americans according to the 2014 U.S. Census. Asian Americans own 3% of the publishing companies and white or Caucasian Americans owned 89%.
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Note: Diverse books are being defined as books that feature people of color, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, or people with disabilities.