Let’s Talk Bookish: Promoting Diversity in the Book Industry

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is Promoting Diversity in the Book Industry.

It took me forever to write this post, because it was really similar to the previous prompt, yet so distinctly different. If you haven’t read it, last week’s prompt was Diversity in Books.

How can we, as bloggers, promote diversity of all sorts in the book world?

I think the best way bloggers can promote diversity in the bookish world is by reading, reviewing and promoting diverse books. It doesn’t matter how big or small the platform, people are reading the content you write and every bit makes a difference. And this shouldn’t be limited to only the books that are hugely popular. There are so many I’ve read that I can think of that were amazing, yet didn’t get the attention they ought to have.

What are some things you think publishers should do to promote diversity? Is there something a publisher or another blogger is doing right now that you think is a step in the right direction?

I’m drawing a blank on this question honestly, because I know very little about the publishing world, much less how they are promoting diversity. I do love #ownvoices books though, and I think publishers should focus more in this direction when it comes to diverse books. As for bloggers, I think the community in general is great when it comes to talking about diverse novels. I can’t think of any specific examples at the moment, but I know there are blogs out there that are completely dedicated to promoting specific types of diverse books and some also host associated reading challenges, which are a lot of fun because it helps readers find books they might have not come across otherwise.

What are some things you do personally?

I try to read books by a variety of authors, and as I mentioned last week, I do rely on the hype for the most part to find good diverse books, but I’m also trying to seek out more on my own, #ownvoices books in particular. I’m also very conscientious about reviewing every book I read, especially diverse books and do my best to recommend them to my friends. Of course, I’m always looking for ideas on what more I could be doing, so I’d love to hear how all of you promote diversity in the book industry!

What are some things you do to promote diversity? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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