We all know that getting published is difficult, but it’s even more so for writers of color, who often have to turn to independent publishers instead of bigger, traditional presses for a variety of reasons. Having less access to resources and industry connections, and being expected to write certain kinds of stories are only a few of the obstacles writers from marginalized backgrounds may face.
That we, as readers, should do our best to support Independent publishers goes without saying. They are a vital part of the publishing industry that offer opportunities to talented writers who may otherwise go unnoticed, or who must self-publish and face even more obstacles.
The following publishing companies are devoted to uplifting marginalized voices and providing quality literature that reflects the diversity of our world. These publishers focus on promoting writers of color, LGBTQ narratives, and women’s stories.
I encourage you to browse their websites and follow them on Twitter to keep up with the amazing work they are doing. It may not seem like much, but following publishing companies like these demonstrates there is an interest in and demand for their products. So show your support!
Founded in 2006, Cassava Republic is now an established publishing brand that focuses on African writers. Their mission is to “change the way we all think about African writing.”
Season of Crimson Blossoms – Abubakar Ibrahim
Born on a Tuesday – Elnathan John
The Lazarus Effect – H.J. Golakai
Tiny Sunbirds Far Away – Christie Watson
Rosarium Publishing specializes in speculative fiction and comics “with a multicultural flair.”
The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria – by Carlos Hernandez
Stories for Chip – by Nisi Shawl, Bill Campbell
The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia – by Jaymee Goh, Joyce Chng
Making Wolf – by Tade Thompson
A London-based independent publisher that aims to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the U.K. and uplift under-represented voices.
Butterfly Fish – by Irenosen Okojie
Tram 83 – by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
No More Heroes – by Stephen Thompson
Satans and Shaitans – Obinna Udenwe
Lee & Low / Tu Books
Lee & Low Books is a renown, award-winning publisher of children’s books passionate about diversity. They focus on publishing contemporary stories that reflect the richness of today’s cultures. Tu Books is the Young Adult imprint of Lee & Low.
Wolf Mark– by Joseph Bruchach
Tankborn – by Karen Sandler
Ink and Ashes – by Valynne Maetani
Etched in Clay – by Andrea Cheng
Agate Publishing is Chicago-based publisher that focuses on the works of African American writers, fiction and nonfiction.
Creatures Here Below – By O.H. Bennett
The Burning City – by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Freshwater Road – by Denise Nicholas
Bare-Knuckled Lit – by Ian Belknap
Yali Books is a growing independent publisher of children’s literature that focuses on South Asian cultures.
Bye, Bye, Motabhai! – by Kala Sambasivan
The Sorcerer of Mandala – by D Kalyanaraman
Amla Mater – by Devi Menon
Jaipur Jamboree – by Kala Sambasivan
Riptide Publishing aims to integrate positive LGBTQ representation in literature.
Strange Angels – by Andrea Speed
The Empty Hourglass – by Cornelia Grey
The Beginning of Us – Sarah Brooks
Wallflower – by Heidi Belleau
Shade Mountain Press
Shade Mountain Press specializes in literature written by women — particularly women of color, women with disabilities, women from working-class backgrounds, and women who identify queer/lesbian/bisexual.
The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women
– Edited by Rosalie Morales Kearnes
White Light – by Vanessa Garcia
Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu – by Yi Shun Lai
Her Own Vietnam – by Lynn Kanter
Interlude Press is committed to providing quality LGBT narratives that may not be printed elsewhere. They emphasize a strong author-reader community modeled after online fan cultures to offer a unique experiences to their readers.
100 Days – by Mimsy Hale
Black Dust – by Lynn Charles
Not Your Sidekick – by C.B. Lee
The Better to Kiss You With – by Michelle Osgood
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