I've had the great opportunity to work with some absolutely amazing people and presses who see my various intersecting identities as an asset, but too many people and places--from presses to editors to fellow authors to readers--still don't see the value and strength in diversity, much less how their individual actions--and inaction--can affect that.
Please, especially those in the romance/erotica landscape, take some time to read and ask yourself what you can do to help advance these goals:
"Dear Romance Community,
Recently some painful truths have come out about the publishing industry’s perception of our value and how that continues to hinder access and visibility for authors of color who write Romance. In the last week, the queer Romance community has experienced some rough moments. This is a time for introspection, and it seems very clear, some changes need to be made.
We are here, and we are a legion. The stories we have to tell matter and will make Romance a better genre and more vibrant community. We have devised some actionable steps for those in the community who would like to join us in making more space in Romance for authors of color. Here they are..."
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