Sunday, February 5, 2017

A MANA Call For Culturally Diverse Poetry Or Prose

Two years ago, a campaign began that “took the Internet by storm” over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The We Need Diverse Books campaign soon mushroomed when parents, teachers, librarians, authors, booksellers, and book publishers joined in the call for more diversity within the publishing industry. 

We Need Diverse Books' Mission Statement says it is now a grassroots organization of children's book lovers that advocated essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Since then, there have been calls for more culturally diverse books for adults as well as for children. A Diversity in Publishing study was released in 2015 that showed “the number of diverse books published each year over the past twenty years has been stuck in neutral, never exceeding, on average, 10 percent.” The Diversity Baseline Study results included responses from eight review journals and 34 publishers from across North America. Go HERE to read the results. (MANA) supports racial and cultural diversity in publishing. What's more, MANA represents works by authors of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Examples of the wide variety of books we offer by African American, Latino, and Asian authors include: 

Intercultural Communication in Japan: Making it Happen Effectively by Cecilia B-Ikeguchi, Ph.D., associate professor in Tsukuba Women's University in Japan.

(Note: To review these books, click on the titles)

In honor of Black History Month, MANA is calling for writers of quality poetry or prose on the experiences of African, African American, Far East, Middle Eastern, American Indian or other ethnic groups. 

If you’re ready to publish your work, then this is the best to do so. MANA has a Special Self-Publishing Sale running from now through February 19. Go HERE to our “MANA’s Special Self-Publishing Sale” blog post to find out details. 

If you want to answer the call for publishing more culturally diverse books, this may be your year. If you’re ready to get started, call MANA today at 734-975-0028 or email us at

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