Have you heard of DIPNET?
“The Diversity in Publishing Network has been established to promote the status and contribution of social groups traditionally underrepresented within all areas of publishing, as well as support those seeking to enter the industry.”
DIPNET originates from the United Kingdom (UK) and is funded by Arts Council England. It was created in 2004 by Alison Morrison, who worked for Penguin Books, Egmont and Walker Books, and by Elise Dillsworth of Little Brown, UK.
Though based in the UK, everyone, regardless of the geographic location, is encouraged to join. The website is well of helpful information regarding the representation of cultural diversity in the publishing world. The reader will find a variety of articles on the topic, as well as various resources such as blogs, internships in publishing houses, job offers, etc… The word “network” sums it well.
“DIPNET is managed by Booktrust, a British charity dedicated to “encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.”
I hope that you will consider joining the network. It is free! 😀
I love and admire the mission of DIPNET, and I was even more touched to learn that it was started by people working IN the publishing industry. I know for a fact that DIPNET is noticed in various parts of the planet, and would like to think that there exists many other “sister-” organizations like this one. If you know of any, we’re talking about publishers offering a platform that promotes cultural diversity in children’s literature, please let us know. It will be a honor to feature them on the blog. Lee and Low Books blog, the Open Book, is the first American name popping in my head.
Last but not least, I thank the wonderful Tarie from Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind for letting me know about DIPNET. Thanks, Tarie! 😀 Currently on her blog: the interview of Neesha Meminger, author of Shine, Coconut Moon and Grace Lin, Newbery award winner for When the Mountain Meets the Moon. 🙂
Back to what is happening in America.
Publishers Weekly has an interesting article about TU BOOKS, an imprint of Lee and Low Books dedicated to multicultural Sci-Fi and Fantasy YA, subtitled New SF/fantasy imprints and small presses launch in tough times. I was particularly interested in their paragraph on reaching readers of color, as well as their take on e-books as cost-friendly marketing tools.
Since we are on the topic, please read the exceptional interview Stacy Whitman gave on Cynsations, shortly after TU PUBLISHING became TU BOOKS. Editorial Director Stacy Whitman shares her thoughts on diversity, as well as what could be assimilated to a wish-list regarding submissions to TU BOOKS.
PW article also introduced me to Angry Robots, “a new global publishing imprints from the rather wonderful HarperCollins.” Focused on SF, F, I became familiar with some of their books during the cover controversy of Magic Under Glass, written by Jaclyn Dolamore. Some of Angry Robots’ titles were used as examples of book covers faithful to the story and looking great.
And that’s wrap. Thank you very much for reading. Wishing you a wonderful week. 🙂