Diversity in Publishing Network (DIPNET), + More on Tu Books

Hi, everyone!

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. 🙂


NewsFlash: MLAG Conference, LEE & LOW BOOKS Acquires TU PUBLISHING, & more good news!

Hi everyone,

today I have not so good news (but bright future ahead) and news that will give you a reason to rejoice.

First the sad one: the MLAG 2010 Conference has been canceled. We are all aware of the strains on the economy, and this could explain the low enrollment rate observed for both Reading the World XII in San Francisco, and the 2010 Annual Multicultural Literary Conference in Mobile Alabama. Both organizers fully intent to make it happen next year. I would keep an eye on MLAG throughout the year if I were you, for workshops organized in various states and a possible one day multicultural meeting. I am convinced of the success of the next events.

I thank Linda Covella, my critique partner, for emailing me the following news so promptly. This is cause for celebration, and trust me, I’ll be celebrating here in California. In French there is this say, “l’union fait la force”, which expresses the idea of a union that brings more strength.

It is now official. LEE & LOW BOOKS has acquired TU PUBLISHING, now known as TU BOOKS.
Stacy Whitman, who graced Multiculturalism Rocks with its first interview, is moving to New York to serve as the editorial director of the new imprint. LEE & LOW is looking forward to launching the first publications in 2011, which if you ask me, can’t come fast enough!

Here’s an extract of the press release:
“The fact that Tu was able to raise so much money indicates that there is a real need for this,” says Low. Since Tu will now become an imprint of LEE & LOW, all money will be refunded to donors.

“The outpouring of support on the Kickstarter project and from children’s book professionals validates my mission, and the opportunity to join forces with LEE & LOW, with its vast experience publishing diverse children’s books, will allow me to accomplish my goals even beyond what I could have expected,” Whitman explains.

The read the article in its entirety, click here!

Click here for TU BOOKS web page!

To learn more about LEE & LOW BOOKS, visit their website: http://www.leeandlow.com/. Another trait I admire about LEE & LOW is their dedication to environmental issues in publishing. Read all about it on their website as well.

Click here to read the interview of publisher Jason Low on Multiculturalism Rocks!

Hope this made your day. It sure made mine. 🙂 Oops, and I almost forgot! Congratulations to Cynthia Leitich Smith her latest multicultural novel, Eternal, which is currently at #5 on the New York Times Bestselling list! Can you say HOORAY? And Multicultural books rock? 😀

And congratulations to Laura Manivong for her debut novel Escaping the Tiger! This is a great week!!!

Have a wonderful week,