Hey everyone! We want to start by thanking everyone who has embarked on this journey with us. It’s been bumpy but exciting, and we’ve learned a few things that have led us to making this announcement:
- The climate in this community for diverse books is cold, and until that climate changes, there will always be barrier to entry for diverse authors/books to enter the market.
- Publishing and the reading community as a whole still have trouble processing the importance of diverse books and continue to see them as second rate literature.
- There is a lot of work that needs to be done to better promote diverse books, and this involves giving diverse books the same opportunity that non-diverse books currently have in the market.
We originally started the Little Voices Diverse Book Box as a way to promote established diverse voices and introduce previously undiscovered writers to the community. We now realize that the book community at large has yet to prioritize diverse books, which has, unfortunately, led our endeavor to fail.
After much consideration, and due to a lack of authorial and community interest, we’ve decided to close the Little Voices Diverse Book Box. We’ve come to the conclusion that change will have to happen elsewhere, and our time would be better spent creating a warmer climate where a box like ours would be better utilized.
If the news of our closing saddens you, we urge you to support joyful reads, mirror book box and other diverse book boxes that are still out there. As a community, we need to show more appreciation for the diversity that already exists and celebrate it however possible.
Three Little Books Co. will remain open and continue to bolster diverse books. We’ll also be updating our selection of bookish goodies to better contribute to diversity in the community. If you’re the author of a diverse book and would like to work with us on creating bookish goodies to promo your work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, we want to thank everyone who’s supported us and wish you the best of luck in your diverse adventures. We won’t be giving up the fight for diversity and we hope you won’t either.