It’s no secret that the media is image-obsessed and has a problem with whitewashing and gender stereotyping. From magazine covers doing Photoshop “touch-ups,” to fandoms having an issue with a character’s casting in a film, to debates about the term “chick flick” or just how overly pink “girl” toy shelves are. For the publishing world, book covers are a problem we have to fix.
Many people are familiar with the term diversity, and many companies have created Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committees or positions to help move toward a more inclusive and equitable workspace. But what about publishing? How does equity play a role in publishing, and has there been any progress towards achieving more equity within the publishing industry?
More often than not, the cost of producing a physical cookbook can leave you in the red or just barely breaking even, no matter how popular the book is upon release. None of that even covers the mental health, time, and energy involved in the creation. Despite the arduous process, given the right planning and dedication, publishing a cookbook can still lead to success, especially if you start with a blog.
Independent publishing is often thought of as more of a passion project than a lucrative business opportunity. Most of us who have entered this field intentionally are in it for our unabashed love of books rather than making a big paycheck. Many independent publishers work tirelessly to make ends meet with a for-profit model, so what are the benefits of becoming a nonprofit?
It seems like the natural progression of digital entertainment services, regardless of the form of entertainment, is leaning toward each platform making its own content. We’re starting to see that change in the world of audiobooks in the form of “born-audio narratives.” So what does this mean for publishers?
Ooligan is expanding into new and exciting horizons with our new Own Voices title, SHORT, VIGOROUS ROOTS. Set to publish on March 1, SHORT, VIGOROUS ROOTS (SVR) is one of Ooligan’s recently accepted works that is an Own Voices novel.