As a Latinx author and journalist who has been privileged enough to be born in the United States, get an education, and grow up in a safe suburban neighborhood, I feel as though it is my responsibility to put Latinx characters in my stories because I have the voice and the means to do so. But is it always easy? To be honest, no. It is necessary? Yes.
Between 2010 and 2015, the number of ISBNs from self-published books grew by 375%. From 2014 and 2015 alone, the number grew by 21%. And perfectly positioned to take advantage of the growth is Amazon, whose DIY print business CreateSpace has become far and away the biggest self-publishing platform in the United States.
A look at the top six self-publishing platforms across print and ebook ISBNs in the US shows Amazon’s CreateSpace dominating.
Spanish Graphic Novels Boom Reaches America (Poets and Writers)
Previously, most of the comics published in Spain were imported from the U.S. and France, and put out by large publishers such as Planeta, Panini, and Norma, with a few homegrown titles. However, that’s all been changing as the worldwide comics culture grows, and Spanish indie publishers such as Astberri and La Cúpola have brought over such esteemed U.S. authors as Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, as well as helping develop native authors such as Roca.
The dangerous thing about a day job is that you can very quickly become suspicious that you are not a writer. Because you are a letter carrier. Or a waiter, which I also was for 15 years. For the longest time, I was a working-class person who thought of herself, privately, as a writer. When I was around my working class colleagues I was ashamed to say I wanted to be a writer, and when I was around writers or artists I was ashamed to say I was a waiter. Now I am a writer who’s ashamed to not know how to make money as a writer.
What Are Nigerian Millennials Reading? (Bella Naya)
There is something foreign publishing houses see and do that our indigenous publishing houses don’t. I think it is about time our indigenous publishing houses started churning out fast-paced, action-filled and edgy stories. In my opinion, this is where the literati interest of the Nigerian millennial demography lie.