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5 Black Literary Professionals to Support Right Now



The publishing industry is vast, and for the past couple years it has rightfully continued to branch out in diversity. In continued support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, we aim to uplift Black voices. Today we're highlighting several Black-owned book businesses and resources within our writing community. Read on for our compiled list of bookish bosses below.


LONI CRITTENDEN

Editor-At-Large | Crit & Pen Editorial

Loni Crittenden is a multitalented author and content editor. She has worked on Celia McMahon's Uncaged Series, Brianna Sugalski's Disenchanted Series, and Jason Tanamor's Fall 2020 Urban Fantasy, Vampires of Portlandia.


My name is Loni. I'm a professional story nerd, here to help you make the jump from writer to published author.


As a specialist developmental editor with experience in both the traditional and indie spheres, I’ve edited a number of novels on Amazon’s best-seller list. I’m a staff editor with The Parliament House Press and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. I earned my BA in creative writing from SUNY Oswego, and I’m a candidate for an MFA in writing popular fiction


Check her out on her website: https://www.critandpen.com/

Or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/critandpen


NADÈGE RICHARDS

Interior Formatter @ Insktain Design Studio / Photographer / Imaginarium Co-Founder


Nadège Richards is a bestselling author, photographer, award-winning book designer, and graduated from Temple University

with her BA in Journalism. 

When not reading and writing obsessively, she's usually found studying, working, or at home with her family in sunny Pennsylvania.


Inkstain Design Studio is a female-owned, award-winning graphic design company founded in April 2013. We are dedicated to creating original, stunning, and inspiring content for authors, publishers, and entrepreneurs.



Imaginarium Book Festival will be held in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club for its first year. This event was created by two authors who seek to spotlight books and writers in the fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal genres — realms of escapism. We welcome readers of all kinds to join us in the celebration of fantastical storytelling.


DIANTHA JONES

Imaginarium Co-Founder

Diantha Jones is a fantasy and paranormal author of three series—the Wesley Werewolves series, Oracle of Delphi series, and the Djinn Order series. She earned a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Television Journalism from Georgia State University. For several years, she ran a book blog called DJ’s Book Cornerand was a primary member of Masquerade Crew,an indie book blog.She was also the owner ofMasquerade Book Tours. Now, she is proud to be a co-founder of Imaginarium Book Festival, which features authors from the genres she loves the most—fantasy, paranormal and science fiction.


Even though Diantha grew up as a military brat and has lived in many different places, she now resides in Washington, D.C. When she isn’t writing or working, she is obsessing over K-Pop or being hypnotized by Netflix (or YouTube). She is a serious night-owl, and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth of sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.



CARLA LEWIS

Production Manager & Acquisitions at Filles Vertes Publishing

Carla started her editorial career as an intern at FVP in February 2018, after spending four years helping writers craft and polish their novels. Her plan was to gain some behind-the-scenes knowledge to use in her career as a writer. Well, as you know, plans can often change. Now, she has the opportunity to find those hidden gems out there and make sure they make it to bookshelves everywhere. She has formal training in the editorial arts and has spent eight years in various management positions. An avid organizer, she is always looking for new and innovative ways to create work processes and scheduling procedures.


When she isn’t working, Carla likes to binge-read book series, learn different languages (at least that is the plan), and spend time with her loving, supportive husband.


Carla published her first short story “MONSTERS” with Filles Vertes Publishing in 2018, and her debut novel, “LINEAGE” book one in the Blood and Sacrifice Chronicles with Parliament House Press in 2019. She also has short stories in the anthologies, LOVE ON MAIN, MASKS, and LINK BY LINK.

Website: cvonzalelewis.com Facebook: @CVLauthor Twitter: @cvonzalelewis Instagram: @carlavlewis



KAYVION LEWIS

Children's Librarian / YA Specialist

Kayvion Lewis is a part-time student, part-time librarian, part-time author, and a full-time day-dreamer. When she's not writing, working, or doing other important things, she's throwing knives, reading, and occasionally jumping out of airplanes. She doesn't have a spouse or a cute dog or a residence in the suburbs she can mention, just a fat cat and a pair of parents. If you want to search for her, you can find her somewhere in Louisiana.


In a recent blog post, we announced Kayvion's brilliant acquisition—her debut novel, The Half-Class, will release with The Parliament House Press in Fall of 2021.





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The Parliament House Press stands behind our Black authors, readers, bloggers, and community. We are openly against unlawful, unjust acts of harm performed by those in positions of authority who choose to misuse their power. We are against racism and the persecution of the Black community, and wish to encourage a world in which the voices of acceptance and unity are louder than those of divisive hate. Perhaps a small facet of this can be achieved through literature; we are honored to know and work beside these talented individuals.

We are actively self-educating, seeking ways to practice ally-ship and amplify Black voices within the writerly community.


Here is a compiled list below of Black-owned bookstores and businesses across the United States:


Brave and Kind Books

Semicolon

Brian Lair Books

Afriware Books

Detroit Book City

Mahogany Books

Uncle Bobbie's

Hakim's Bookstore

Harriett's Bookshop

Ashay By the Bay

Eso Won Books

The Lit Bar

Cafe con Libros

Frugal Bookstore

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