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Publishing a Book? Six Things You Need to Know About Promoting It.

You've done all the writing, now it's time to shout.<p>Congratulations, you're publishing a book. It's an incredibly hard thing to do, and an amazing accomplishment. I'm sure you've spent months and months toiling over your ideas, looking at galleys and wanting to toss them out the window. Whether …

Writing

With ‘Thunder Boy Jr.,’ Sherman Alexie hopes to help correct a problem

Sherman Alexie, one of the most beloved authors of young-adult fiction, is about to publish his first picture book. “Thunder Boy Jr.” is full of spirited fun, but it also has been designed to help correct an ongoing problem: the lack of brown-skinned kids in literature.<p>Illustrated by Mexican …

Books

What’s Trending? Hot Themes in kidlit and what we want to see

Is there any more disparaging term than “trendy”?<p>It drips with disdain. To be trendy is to be of the moment rather than of all time. Little wonder …

Books

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

In 2014, I decided that for the entire year, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the “classics” — …

Books

Creating a Market for Diverse Books: An Interview With First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer

<i>In our new How We Did It series, we shine a spotlight on the people and<br>organizations doing important work to support diversity in publishing and</i> …

Books

Tips for Marketing Self-Published Children's Books

Social media and other online tools have made it easier than ever for authors to connect with readers, but they’ve also made it more difficult for …

Open eBooks Initiative Makes Thousands of Books Available to Low-Income Students

At Lee & Low Books, we’ve always known that making diverse books is only half the battle. The other half is getting those books into schools, …

Education

Publisher Launches Muslim-Focused Children's Book Imprint

Mammoth publisher Simon & Schuster just took a step toward more inclusive media with the creation of Salaam Reads, a children’s book imprint that …

Books

'Heather Has Two Mommies' Author On The Struggle To Publish Gay Books

Lesléa Newman recalled stories of her groundbreaking book being stolen and defecated on.<p>As we reflect on milestones made within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during October's LGBT history month, HuffPost Live spoke with Lesléa Newman, the author of the groundbreaking …

LGBTQI

Books To Inspire Kids To Change The World

I truly believe books inspire kids. It’s one of the many reasons I share children’s book lists with my fellow parents right here every Monday. Today, …

Girl's drive to find 1,000 'black girl books' hits target with outpouring of donations

Eleven-year-old Marley Dias’s appeal #1000blackgirlbooks, which gathered huge support, grew from her frustration at only being given stories ‘about white boys and their dogs’<p>An 11-year-old girl who was frustrated about only being given unrelatable books to read at school has reached her goal of …

Books

If "Harry Potter" Characters Were Cast As All Black Actors

Thanks to the #BlackHarryPotter hashtag.

Harry Potter

The Diversity Myth: Where Have All The Black Editors Gone?

Much like this year’s blindingly white selection of Oscar nominees, the overt lack of diverse representation in the publishing world isn’t limited to …

Writing

17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

Here's your queer reading shopping list.

Books

The Unbelievably Racist World of Classic Children’s Literature

After a new children’s book was accused of glossing over the realities of slavery, the Internet exploded with stories about beloved books that …

Books

Amazon’s Kindle Convert Can Turn Your Paper Library Into E-Books

If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new option for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, …