Write Away Publishing Company, LLC. is officially LAUNCHED! By Robin Chappell

20 October 2021

The only really painful thing about racism in publishing are the books that are not around”

Tracy Sherrod, Editorial Director, Amistad

I believe that for the first time in my life…I am at a loss for words. The work and dedication that has gone into starting my own publishing company, Write Away Publishing, LLC. is finally complete and I can exhale. When I thought of this company and what I wanted it to represent, I realized that I’d never heard about Black owned publishing companies. Of course, they exist, but where is the presence? Where do we start when it truly comes to promoting Black literature? I’m not speaking about the celebrities with the ability to easily sell and promote their life stories, or the stories told only because they received negative media and news attention. I’m referring to the stories of strength and determination, and the stories told in communities that never seem to make it to the light. As a writer and passionate lover of literature and reading, I feel it is my purpose to bring attention to the stories we truly need to hear. The real, the gritty, and even the uncomfortable can be vessels of healing and a way for others to receive the help and motivation they need.

It is always honorable for well-known Black authors, like former first lady Michelle Obama, to sell millions of copies on account of status and opportunity. Yet, when seeking Black literature that can be traced back to someone who’s experienced what we have all journeyed through, they are minimally promoted to the masses. If they are well-known, they are pushed by publishing companies with White American owners, who make them sell by the millions with their “stamp of approval. Tracy Sherrod, the amazing Black editorial director of Amistad states that “The only really painful thing about racism in publishing are the books that are not around” (McDonald, 2021). The stories we are not reading are the extremely important ones that need to see light and need just as much attention.

Write Away Publishing Company, LLC. is striving to achieve what is normally the inevitable in Black literary publishing, which is more success, marketing, and bigger literary deals to help change lives and open doors for other Black writers. I was hearing the same sentence each time I told someone that I’m a writer and published my own work. It was either “I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.” Or “I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I never have the time.” I’m ready to let Black authors feel invincible, worthy, and important when they finally complete their manuscripts. I plan to participate and find funding through every network available and tackle each opportunity to spread the word on how important the promotion of Black literature can truly be.

Visit our website for more information to submit your manuscript for review up until January 1, 2022. There is also submissions for our poetry writers for the chance to win $300, in addition to a publishing contract for your work to be published! Spread the word and take a step towards advocating for Black literature!

http://www.writeawaypublishing.com

Author/CEO/Founder Robin Chappell

Sources:

McDonald, E. (2021) “A Conflicted Cultural Force: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing”. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/books/book-publishing-black.html.

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