Romance publishing has a major diversity problem, according to new report
Romance publishing has a problem — and no, it’s not how to mend all those ripped bodices.
According to a report from The Ripped Bodice, the only romance specialty bookstore in the United States, for every 100 books published by leading romance publishers in 2016 only 7.8 were written by people of color.
Even worse, 50 percent of the publishers surveyed in the report had fewer than five percent of books authored by people of color. Out of 20 publishers surveyed, only three had at least 10 percent of their books written by people of color. This study focuses on traditional publishers and doesn’t account for self-publishing and other non-traditional models which make up a significant chunk of romance writing.
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