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In this day and age, everyone is talking about diversity. We need diversity in our schools, our government, and our publishing houses. There is a movement for publishers to produce more and more books written by BIPOC writers. Yet, in our neck of the woods, the number of Black writers of speculative fiction, and the number of Black publishers who would produce them, is still dwindling.
Did you know that when it comes to speculative fiction written by Black writers, only 4-6% of Black authors get published by what is commonly referred to as The Big Five publishers? These include major publishing houses such as Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Hachette Livre, Simon & Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers. Apparently, these publishing houses, although they are mighty, they don’t think that Black love to read Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Horror, and other books with Magically Realistic elements, let alone write them. Our work is happily rejected, with only a few Black speculative authors being published by them.
Apparently, they don’t seem to understand how much representation matters to us, when we read books in these genres. They don’t get that we need books that allow us to not think about the Black plight; how we need publishers to produce books that show that we, too, can be heroes and heroines, or we can have or show love, without needing to always show us being killed in the streets or fighting because we’re more than that. We are Black Kings, Queens, Mad Scientists, and other Supernatural and Magical beings, and we want to see more of these stories from our new, Black published authors.
Lemons & Gold Publishing LLC promises to produce the high-quality writings of Black writers around the world to present amazing works of speculative fiction to our readers. Many have questioned us as to why we are focused on publishing Black authors, and the answer is to try to understand not having control of your own narrative. Here, at Lemons & Gold Publishing, we own our voices. Whether our characters are going off into battle with their army, or writing their new lives into existence, these stories are told from behind the minds and eyes of Black writers who thought of them. We own our voices whether we are Black and LGBTQ, Disabled, or Neurodivergent, our stories will be told with the respect and proper representation that they deserved.
If you are wanting to join Lemons & Gold Publishing LLC and our mission to close up the gap between Black speculative authors and publishing, please see our Submissions page for the guidelines. Buy your new favorite book below, today! They are all written by Black authors…
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