>(Liz Scheier, from the audience, also mentioned that she doesn't see nearly enough submissions with non-white protagonists or main characters, and would love to see more.)
Yeah...well. EMPIRE OF BONES had completely non-white protagonists, being set in India; BANNER was in large part set in Asia, and they were the worst selling of my books in the States. Draw your own conclusions.
Non-white protagonists who are also American or living in America may shift books. But genre novels set elsewhere on the planet? Hmmmm.