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writing rengeek magpie mind

One marvelously clever thing that was suggested at the "Why is SF so White?" panel, as a means of encouraging more non-white writers into the industry, was a mentoring program. (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.)

The idea being that would-be writers of color could be paired with volunteer authors who would help mentor them.

I am not the person to administrate this. I know this about myself. But I thought it was a good enough idea to be worth sailing out into the zeitgeist.

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>(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.
Hmm. I wonder how River of Gods is doing. I mean, I know it made the Hugo ballot, but that's not an indicator of general sales.