Cover Reveal: THE MARK OF NOBA

Published August 11, 2015 by yamulticulturaljunkie

Originally posted on Clatter & Clank:

You guys, I’m really excited to be part of this cover reveal! First off, LOOK AT THAT COVER! It’s lovely! Second, I’m pumped to read this book! If you don’t follow the authors, I’d highly recommend you do! Guinevere and Libertad’s blog, Twinja Book Reviews, is fabulous, and they are both die-hard champions of diverse books!

Today is the cover reveal for The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Mark of Noba Cover
The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1)
by GL Tomas
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 25 August, 2015

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his…

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Do You Have A Book To Promote? Are You A Blogger? Diverse Book Tours Is Here!

Published August 27, 2014 by yamulticulturaljunkie

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Multiculturalism Rocks!: Hi Guinevere, thank you for joining Multiculturalism Rocks! today on behalf of Diverse Book Tours! Let’s talk first about the company’s name: what do you mean by “Diverse Book?”

Guinevere, for Diverse Book Tours: Thank you so much for having us on your blog first off. Book Bloggers by far are the strongest resource for an author, traditionally published or self published. As book bloggers ourselves, we know the time and effort that goes into one, and your effort to interview us to spread the word is greatly appreciated.

Guinevere Thomas, co-partner of Diverse Book Tours Guinevere Thomas, co-partner of Diverse Book Tours

We, at Diverse Book Tours, define a “diverse book” as the following: Any book that features a MAIN character who is either a person of color, queer/QUILTBAG, disabled, and/or not limited to anything that may not typically be highlighted as a “default.” We highly encourage religious diversity…

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Diverse Book Tours…We need more Diversity in books..ALL books!

Published August 26, 2014 by yamulticulturaljunkie

Originally posted on Tamara Philip, Author:

Representation Matters!! I’ll say again and again until the day I die. It matters so much to see a character in a movie, on tv, in a book, in cartoons etc that looks like you, in some shape or form.

When I was growing up, I loved to read. I mean, I really, really loved to read but I always seemed to steer away from YA novels and romance novels because I couldn’t connect to them. None of the heroines were  described to look anything like me, or any of the other characters for that matter. I was a teenager looking to read about teenage things and I wanted representation but there weren’t very many options (Hell even as an adult it still gets a little dicey depending on the genre). That’s why the We Need Diverse Books movement is important. It means that another little girl or boy will…

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First Post of the New Year!

Published January 10, 2014 by yamulticulturaljunkie

If anyone hasnt noticed, we’ve bought out domain!

We love the great work done by Blogovation Design!

Now that we have a new look,and the year is young, we wanted to go over some of the goals we wanted to achieve for 2014!

  • Release two self published titles at the very least. Two multicultural fantasy titles(Including our anticipated “The Mark of Noba”)and if we manage our time well, a contemporary Young Adult title featuring all Latinas(of all races).
  • Chronicle each learning experience from our first 3 critical reviews.
  • Highlight each self publishing experience, good or bad. It will definitely help for anyone unsure of self publishing with specific ventures.
  • Highlight ways to incorporate diversity in anyone’s writing who may be skeptical of touching a marginalized group they’re unsure.
  • Attend one multi genre convention, martial arts convention and writer’s conference(It’s based on our finances).
  • Create a special blog hop for promoting diversity in fiction.
  • Start up a multicultural virtual blog tour company(First year it may start out slow to maintain amazing service).
  • Produce three web series pilots for multicultural themed Youtube shows.(Should be interesting. If the response is positive, perhaps they can go further.

Many of these goals, once they’re achieved, we wont worry about whether it’s a huge success. We just plan to keep it moving to the next goal.

Anyone else have any goals for 2014?

Believing in readers and asking people to be the change they want to see- Guest Post by Ayanna Coleman

Published December 27, 2013 by yamulticulturaljunkie


By Ayanna Coleman, Founder of Quill Shift Literary Agency

A post was recently brought to my attention concerning my company and the fundamental ideas behind it. The authors who critiqued Quill Shift Literary Agency don’t believe that readers should have direct input in selecting what they read but, they have admitted that there are problems with the publishing industry. It’s much easier to complain about the problems than trying to put your mind to a solution.

One problem that I see is the significant under-representation of diverse fiction within the children’s and young adult market. A prominent aspect of this problem is the lack of minority characters as protagonists in stories.

This isn’t a new problem.

Twenty years ago there wasn’t a lot of it either. Yes, there’s stories about the civil rights movement in America and those who participated. There’s folktales retold from different cultures. There’s urban lit. But where’s the plethora of stories about the shy, artsy black kid; or the swashbuckling, witty Latina in the year 2044, or the Asian rapper? There are stories out there for “every kid” but the majority of them only show one type of young protagonist—white kids. What does this say to young readers who want adventure and mystery and fun, but who can’t seem to find people who resemble them physically in the books they read?

I read a great deal as a child. I find it hard to imagine anyone who goes into publishing that didn’t. My parents went out of their way to provide me with stories featuring all kinds of kids, but not all parents will do that. That means that those responsible for creating literature that expands and molds young minds should provide literature, more literature, that showcases all the different lives and dreams of kids in this country.

I recently did a Q&A with my alma mater about what I do now and why I wanted to start my own literary agency. I’ve been a reader for multiple agencies since I was in library school and I’ve wanted to be an agent since high school because I knew agents were the people who truly were able to advocate for the authors and books that they believed in. After grad school and working in a children’s research library, I worked at Hachette Book Group in their digital department and then moved to the Children’s Book Council.

In this role I have the privilege of communicating with all the departments in a publishing house, listening to their wants and needs, and finding ways to help them succeed. The idea of Quill Shift Literary Agency came out of many conversations with publishing professionals where I listened to their concerns and then tried to identify ways to help them while, in the end, benefiting the author.

Going back to diversity–if people are complaining about the lack of diversity in children’s books, they really need to look at the people who work in the industry—the gatekeepers. This includes people in publishing houses, but also authors, agents, librarians, and booksellers. These jobs aren’t held by a very diverse group of people. How can more representative works be ushered through the publishing process if a good portion of the creators aren’t also representative, if the editors and marketing professionals, the librarians and booksellers (who are a huge part of evangelizing books) also don’t have a stake in pushing books that showcase different perspectives? Just because you’re not from a certain group doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate and support those stories, but it does mean that a huge portion of the people creating and promoting books don’t know what it’s like to not see themselves in stories and, therefore, it isn’t at the forefront of their minds to create those stories for others.

I truly believe that there needs to be more people in the publishing industry representing the different ethnicities, sexual orientations, geographic locations, religions, socio-economic status, physical and emotional abilities, (and there are so many more!) that can be found in our country. How else can we guarantee that these voices are heard within the stories our children read?

With Quill Shift Literary Agency I hope to add another gatekeeper who is focused on bringing more diversity to children’s and YA lit. Publishing houses are businesses. They are filled with numbers-focused people as much as they are filled with people who love the written word and they all want to make money. It’s become commonplace to hear the phrase diverse books don’t sell. Therefore, through Quill Shift Literary Agency, I’m going to poke holes in that argument by providing books I think will capture readers’ interests to the reader before the publisher has a chance to reject a book without it ever getting a chance in the market.

No, this is not what traditional literary agencies have done in the past, but times have changed and are continuing to change. There are digital books now that people can buy from their couch at 99 cents a pop and not even bat an eye at who the publisher is. There are writing communities where aspiring authors from all over the world are contributing their full novels in serialized form for readers in that community to share and talk about for free—and people have gotten publishing deals from those communities. There are websites that allow great ideas to see the light of day because a mom from Idaho or a guitar aficionado from Nevada connect with them and are able to donate to something that resonates with their life.

When creating Quill Shift, I looked at not only the changing atmosphere in publishing, but the changing ways consumers connect with their products and the companies that produced them.

Here’s what struck me:

  • Authors are using platforms to create the work they want as fast as they want and are leaving the publishing houses out of the process.
  • Readers have wider access to stories than ever before on multiple platforms, yet are starving for more quality content where and how they want to engage with it.

But, there’s still a need a large need for publishing houses.

  • Even though authors embrace self-publishing, they still want to feel legitimized by being chosen by a publishing house and international sales are more likely to occur if a book is published in print by a publishing house.
  • Readers still seem to trust published books over self-published books in most genres and in both print and eBook formats.

Combining these observations with the lack of diverse kid lit on the market compared to what is produced overall led me to ask the question why the end consumers, the readers, weren’t being involved more. If the articles about needing more diverse lit are any indication that people want change (like here, here, and oh, here), that they are demanding change, then asking them to put their money behind their convictions shouldn’t be a far reach.

Like any other literary agent, I will read and evaluate all the manuscripts that are submitted and choose the ones that I believe are worthy of publication. But, unlike other literary agencies, instead of sending the manuscript straight to publishing houses and letting them decide the fate of the manuscript, I want to give the authors the best chance of publication by involving the final readers in the process, those same readers demanding change. I believe this will show that there is a market for their work, taking some of the guesswork out of the equation for the publishing house.

I launched Quill Shift Literary Agency on December 1st, 2013 and have an Indiegogo Campaign running until January 3rd, 2014 to spread the word about this new idea and connect with other forward thinkers to increase involvement in my venture. No matter how much money I receive through the campaign, it’s already a success in my book. People are reading about the agency, people are submitting manuscripts and signing up to be readers. Engagement is happening and I’m so excited about that.

Quill Shift Literary Agency’s Official Website

Quill Shift Literary Agency’s Indiegogo Campaign Page

Join us for our Diversity Month giveaway!

Published December 5, 2013 by yamulticulturaljunkie

 Finally got the widget up and ready. It may change in the course of a few days, just in case other authors who haven’t, decide to donate a book, but even so, look at all the great prizes to be won! It is on our Twinja Book Reviews book review blog!

1. Tiffany Trent’s “The Unnaturalists” and “The Tinker King” paperback bundle
2. Ellen Oh’s “Prophecy” paperback and “Warrior” hardcover bundle
3. Kelan O’ Connell’s “Delta Legend” paperback
4. Lisa T. Cresswell’s “Hush Puppy” ebook
5. Heather Heffner’s “Year of the Wolf” ebook
6. Tricia Drammeh’s “The Seance” ebook
7. Jacinda Buchmann’s “Indigo Incite” ebook
8. Camille Picott’s “The Warrior and the Flower” audiobook
9. Two copies of Alicia McCalla’s “Breaking Free” ebook
10. Two copies of Alicia McCalla’s “Iniko” ebook
11. A paperback and ebook of Red Harvey’s “Cursed”
12. Janiera Eldridge’s “Zombie Curse” ebook
13. Aya Ling’s “Girl with Flying Weapons” paperback
14. An amazon 5 dollar e-gift card to the US site

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Do we really need more Diversity in books?-Guest post by Rachel Halpern

Published December 4, 2013 by yamulticulturaljunkie

Today we have a lovely guest post by the founder of a new online magazine in the works by the name of Inscription magazine. The project spoke to my sister and I on such a deep level. Here is this young woman in our generation who finds representation in all forms important in books and that’s exactly what Guinevere and I are trying to promote! It’s always great to find like minded people and when we discovered her Indiegogo campaign to launch her magazine, which would be offering free diverse stories to teens in our 2 favorite genres, Science Fiction and Fantasy; We just had to help her spread the word about her Project!And now to our Guest post…….

Do we really need more Diversity in Books? By Rachel Halpern

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The goal of Inscription Magazine is to publish short stories for teens, with diverse characters, diverse authors, and diverse sci-fi and fantasy worlds.

I’ve talked more about the vision I had for Inscription on the diversityinya Tumblr, here. And you can read more about Inscription, and the fundraising we’re doing for it, on the Indiegogo campaign page, here.

I wanted to address here what I think is often the first question I get when people see Inscription Magazine, or blogs like this one – do we really need more diversity?

The answer is a resounding yes. In the 250 top-grossing films, 83.6% of the lead characters are straight white men, even though they make up only 31.3% of the population (x). And it’s not because diversity doesn’t sell! A recent study found that television viewers are actually more likely to watch shows with racially diverse writers and racially diverse casts (x). It’s just that our society is built to privilege some voices and some stories over others.

Does that matter? So what if representation isn’t equal? Can’t people just identify with the people they see on television regardless of race?

I’m sure that happens to some extent, but of course it’s not as good as having someone who looks like you on TV, or in the stories you’re reading. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in outer space, said seeing Nichelle Nichols play Uhura in Star Trek was a key inspiration for her, and she wasn’t alone; even Martin Luther King, Jr., pressured Nichols to stay on the show because of the difference it was making to television viewers (x). Representation really does matter.

Maybe it’s better in children’s and young adult books, though! Everyone knows Hollywood has its problems, but surely teens are being exposed to more diverse literature!

Unfortunately not. Study after study (after study) has shown that diversity is lacking in both the authors of and the characters in YA novels.

Publishers like Tu Books; anthologies like Diverse Energies; and the incredible work of authors, bloggers, and publishers everywhere are making some changes, but it’s slow going. I wanted to help speed up the process, to give more young adult readers a chance to see themselves in diverse science fiction and fantasy stories.

That’s what Inscription Magazine is all about. Telling great stories that can appeal to everyone. Telling stories that give young adults great role models. And telling stories that tell teens they can become anyone and anything they want to be.

And beyond that, we hope it will become a community. Even the most inspirational stories can lose their power if they sit in a vacuum. We want to have forums and discussion threads where young adult readers can talk about the stories we publish, the books they’re reading, and everything else happening in their lives. It’s easy to feel alone when the media you consume doesn’t reflect you; we want to help young readers find a place where they can be themselves.

If that’s something you want to help us accomplish, you can check out our Indiegogo campaign here. Every dollar and every post can help us work toward our stretch goals and provide our readers with more content and more opportunities to build a sustainable community. Take a look and consider donating or spreading the word!

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