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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Queer in Color #ownvoices #queerbooks #marketing

“We need more diverse books!”

Books with queer characters have become more popular these days. People are fascinated with the stories about queer people’s lives because, perhaps they finally realized the world isn’t completely hetero. More importantly, they wanted something different than the hero and the heroine or the assumed “straight” characters that dominate fiction. They wanted different, which means more diversity.

However, diversity doesn’t just cover queer versus hetero, it also means race, age, culture differences, religion, and able-bodied. That cry should mean we want more stories that represent all kinds of people, not just the majority.

As an author of color, I also wanted to see that change. I write books with queer characters of color, so why not showcase others as well? Several months ago, I posed the idea in the group I coordinated and found others who wished to do the same. In that time period, we started a website along with a newsletter, a Twitter page, and Facebook called Queer in Color.

Queer in Color’s main objective is to highlight books with queer characters of color. We feature the books for free on the website and if authors choose to be featured on the social media as well as our newsletter, we charge a small fee.

So, if you write books with queer characters of color, please fill out the form on the website. And no, it’s not just for romance. We’ll feature all fiction with queer PoC. Right now, we need more books with lesbian, trans, asexual, and bisexual characters because the site has many gay books, but not enough of anything else. We could also use more books featuring Latino and Asian characters as well because, again, we’re trying to cover all cultural bases.

Though more could be done, this is a start. It’s a way we can pay homage to those books that break the mold.


Thanks for taking the time to listen to me today. If you have any questions about the website, or being featured, please don’t hesitate to contact me.



Links

Queer in Color Website -  https://queerincolor.weebly.com/

Queer in Color Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/QueerInColor/

Queer in Color Twitter - https://twitter.com/QueerInColor

Sign up for Newsletter - https://t.co/fOCPqesIFT

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Bio

Romance and erotica author Sharita Lira believes that love conquers all. Writing sexy stories of people who might be complete opposites, but somehow make a lasting connection that often leads to a happily ever after.
Happily married and mother of two, Sharita never allows complex plots to deter her from writing the story. Inspired by heavy music, attractive people she’s seen in person and on the internet, Sharita always has a tale on her brain.
In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine FourteenG.
For more information, please visit http://www.thelitriad.com and if you’re a fan who would like exclusive updates on her writings and chances to win prizes, sign up for the newsletter!
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1 comment:

Tina Donahue said...

Great post!

We're all people - we're all human - I wish the troglodytes who can't get that into their thick skulls would chill out and leave everyone else alone. Live and let live.

As long as love is between two consenting adults it's no one else's business.