More About the Author
I'm Enid Marie Reynolds, author and founder of NoireRose Publishing.
Growing up, my home was filled with books, and I always had my nose in one. Our shelves were stuffed with everything from classics like Malcolm X, Roots, and The Autobiography of Angela Davis, to bestsellers that spanned across genres like urban fantasy, horror, supernatural thrillers, and mysteries.
Unfortunately, what was true back then is still true today:
Over Ninety-Percent of traditionally published books are not written by BIPOC authors.
Even though more books by BIPOC authors are being published, the disparity still persists.
How is this still possible in this day and age?
Compounding the issue - big trad publishers are merging, which means it will be even more difficult for authors of color to get published and close the gap. And for the few that do, it's an uphill battle to receive an equitable advance. Just Google #PublishingPaidMe if you're not already familiar with the hashtag that went viral.
It is clear that we can't rely on the traditional space alone to make meaningful and equitable change within the publishing industry. We must also rally on the indie front.
My mission as a writer and indie publisher is to create BIPOC centered stories that empower, inspire, and elevate the culture in genre fiction.
Now more than ever, it is imperative that we, BIPOC creatives and readers alike, create our own publishing companies and amplify them. Together we can change the face of publishing. Please join me on this journey.
From my heart to yours. xo
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