Posted on August 15, 2016

Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The Case for Community Based Publishing

“Authors of color who are excluded from the traditional publishing industry are increasingly turning to self-publishing. As an indie author, I have the freedom to write about the things that matter most to the members of my community rather than waiting for approval from a gatekeeper who lacks the cultural competence needed to truly appreciate my work. My Rosetta Press imprint produces stories that are culturally specific and organic—not forced through a filter in order to be labeled “universal.” Diverse books can foster cross-cultural understanding at an early age. At a moment when 75 percent of whites have no friends of color and public schools are rapidly “resegregating,” the need for diverse children’s literature is greater than ever.”
Join the Center for Earth Energy and Democracy and Ancestry Books on Friday, September 16th from 10am – 12pm at Lucy Laney Elementary for this workshop with author, publisher and educator Zetta Elliott. Space is limited so we are asking folks RSVP at with the subject “Zetta Elliott Workshop” to notify us of your interest.Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children for more info on their work visit

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