Melanin in Publishing

We are here to shine a light on the beautiful Black and Brown faces in the literary and publishing industries. We feature Authors, Editors, Publishers, Agents, and Bookstores!

The current climate of the publishing industry is overwhelmingly white AF. Melanin in Publishing is here to shake that up!

It is our duty to normalize BLACKNESS in these spaces so that our children and children’s children will see more of US in their books, libraries, bookstores, stages, and screens.


Want to be featured on our page?

Please take note of the requirements for posting below:

  1. Your feature MUST include (1) HIGH QUALITY/PORTRAIT STYLE photo of you and (1) HIGH QUALITY photo of your book(s), store, or work you’ve done in the industry.

    (No bathroom pics, mirror pics, in-the-car-with-the-seatbelt-strapped-across-you pics allowed.)

  2. Your feature MUST include a captivating quote, lyric, or story (YOUR WORDS/NO ONE ELSES) that accompanies the picture.

(If you are an Author, it would be wise to use the most POWERFUL quote or excerpt from your book(s), as this is a great marketing opportunity to build your following, email list, and bag.)

3. You MUST complete the following form with your name, website address, and Instagram handle — and THEN, send the photo and caption as a DM to @melanininpublishing

Name *

4. You are encouraged to use your platform to share the work/feature of another literary professional to further the message that Black authors matter in this space. This can be via a post on your feed or in your story. Please use #melanininpublishing if it is a post and tag @melanininpublishing if in your story.

This is not a MUST. However, those who share other features oftentimes end up garnering double the new followers for showing love. ;)

To get the BEST out of your feature:

  1. Make sure your page is PUBLIC; not PRIVATE.

  2. When you’ve been featured, come back and interact with the audience members who comment on your feature. Engagement assists in building your following!

  3. Make sure your website link is in your bio and readily accessible for people who might want to support your work, hire you, and/or connect!

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