This article, written by John Maher, discusses the disparity in the diversity of the publishing industry through an exploration of a study conducted by Lee & Low Books. Lee & Low Books “is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country” (Lee & Low). In 2015 they released the first Diversity Baseline Survey which aimed to establish a baseline of statistics about the diversity of the publishing industry. Four years later, they have released an updated survey to understand how publishing may, or may not have changed within that time frame.
The survey found that there have been marginal improvements to the overall diversity in the business of publishing. For example, the study found that 76% of employees who responded to the survey were white. Maher writes “the industry’s interns are vastly more diverse than the industry itself.” This survey now comes into play as the controversies surrounding American Dirt and Romance Writers of America spark tense discussions around diversity and proper representation in the publishing industry, both within the books, they publish and also within the industry as a whole.
If you want to check out the survey by Lee & Low Books here is the link to the post on their website: https://blog.leeandlow.com/2020/01/28/2019diversitybaselinesurvey/