Do you think book publishers are aware (or even care), how people like me interpret their catalogs?
I’ll also note that the publishers I contacted for the W.A.R. series have not yet responded to my questions – I know, everyone’s busy.
But Square Fish sent me their Winter 2010 catalog and I must say, the new paperback releases look awesome! They are featuring the fine works of Margarita Engle, Elise Broach, Tom Lalicki, Cynthia DeFelice, Karen Hesse and many other wonderful authors. I’m also proud to report that TWO of their featured authors appeared on Bowllan’s Blog: Yankee Girl (Square Fish, December 23, 2008) by Mary Ann Rodman and Snow Falling in Spring (Farrar, Straus and Giroux March 18, 2008) by Moying Li.
Let me cut to the chase…
Where are the other authors of color? Besides Moying Li, and Nikki Giovanni, Traci L. Jones’ book, Standing Against the Wind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 5, 2006), is the only full-page feature from an author of color. Even their Seasonal Back List section has books for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and other notable holidays, and Nikki Giovanni’s, Rosa is the only feature.
Haven’t they been reading W.A.R? There are so many authors who shared their stories with my readers, whose books would be PERFECT for the holidays, and for school reading lists.
Prior to the W.A.R. series, whenever I received a new releases catalog from publishers, I raced to see what’s coming down the pike. Now I am looking for good releases from a myriad of authors and am hoping publishers are doing the same.