Happy Wednesday! The Northeast is due for another snowstorm and I was woken up by my cat biting me this morning. Is anyone else having the same crappy day? Anyway, here are some links to calm you down or to channel your rage!
I was glued to the Twitter mystery of Candace Jean Andersen trying to track down a woman of color who attended the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales. Give it a read! I promise it has a happy ending.
The Guardian has an article on The Ripped Bodice’s recent diversity report and the whiteness of romance:
By far, the best-performing publisher in the report was Simon & Schuster’s imprint Crimson, with 29.3% of titles by authors of colour. But in the same week as the report, S&S announced that the imprint will close, citing “changing consumer reading habits and the continual evolution of the marketplace”. It follows Harlequin’s decision last year to close its African American romance imprint Kimani, citing at the time “changes in the retail landscape and reader preferences”, and “declining support from retailers.”
But The Ripped Bodice’s owners said that their own figures give the lie to the “main argument” publishers give for not publishing authors of colour: “that the sales are not strong enough”. The shop, America’s only bookshop dedicated entirely to romance novels, said that six of its 10 bestselling titles from 2017 were by authors of colour.
What did you think of this year’s diversity report?
Sarah: I was a guest on this week’s episode of Productivity Alchemy, a podcast all about Normal People Being Productive. This awesome conversation was inspired by a tweet from Ulrike and Cyllan, and it was really, really fun to do.
We discuss this here website, and then talk about my work at Organization Academy. We cover using Google Calendar to declutter your schedule, we talk about my online courses on menu planning, and the ways in which I automate a LOT of my life with Google Calendar. There’s a little audio mud midway through, but it’s manageable I think.
I hope you enjoy it – and thank you to Kevin Sonney for having me as a guest!
Thanks to Mari for this next link! As some of you may know, SBTB had a shoutout on the TV show Younger last year, and now the fictional book in the show is being made for real! Check out the brief report here.
I love a good Buzzfeed quiz and I recently took this one: Plan A Romance Novel To Find Out Which Greek Muse You Are.
My results – You got: Calliope
The Muse of Epic Poetry – When it comes to romance novels, you like drama and intensity. Mad schemes, dark secrets, plot twists and moments of high emotion are your personal taste.
Yep, story checks out.
I know Pi Day is over, but I live by my own rules. Plus, I’d hate to deprive all of you from listening to Tom Hiddleston reciting the numbers of pi.
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) March 14, 2018
Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!
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