Bloomsbury Publishing: We'd Rather Put A White Girl On The Cover (Even Though The Story Is About Someone Who's Black)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Update: Apparently I can't spell...what's new!

If this ever happened to me (which it won't because I'll never write a book) I'd just go hang out in the most public place possible, back up my car (maybe through a window) turn on the radio as loud as I could, and get out completely naked shocking little kids and old ladies everywhere.

And then I'd start yelling at the top of my lungs how I hate America.

Because then it would get buried for sure.

YA author Justine Larbalestier has gone public with her disappointment over her US publisher Bloomsbury's cover art for her forthcoming novel Liar. Specifically, Justine is upset that the cover shows a white girl, and the book is about a black girl. She took this up strenuously with her publisher but was overruled [...]

Every year at every publishing house, intentionally and unintentionally, there are white-washed covers. Since I've told publishing friends how upset I am with my Liar cover, I have been hearing anecdotes from every single house about how hard it is to push through covers with people of colour on them [...]

The notion that "black books" don't sell is pervasive at every level of publishing.
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