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Manuela Velasco of Tessera Editorial On Inclusivity & Diversity Throughout Publishing

Manuela Velasco of Tessera Editorial On Inclusivity & Diversity Throughout Publishing

November 18, 2019

Today’s guest is Manuela Velasco, the marketing and publicity director as well as an editor for Tessera Editorial which was founded on the idea that publishing can and should be an accessible industry to all people. Through myriad diverse voices in the profession, Tessera Editorial hopes to open the world of books to as many readers as possible. Manuela joined me today to talk about the services that Tessera offers, as well as why getting people of color into all aspects of publishing – not just authors – is important for true diversity and inclusivity in the industry. Also covered: what a sensitivity read is – and what it isn’t. And diversity as a hot topic in publishing – is it a double edged sword?

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Website: https://www.tesseraeditorial.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TesseraEdits

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tesseraeditorial/

 

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Kelly Coon On Being Rejected 106 Times… Followed By A “Yes.”

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November 4, 2019

Today’s guest is Kelly Coon, author of the YA Fantasy Gravemaidens which recounts the tale of two sisters: Kammani, a 16-year-old healer's apprentice who wants to save the dying ruler of her city-state and Nanaea, Kammani’s little sister who will be buried alive as the ruler’s bride if he dies. Kelly joined me today to talk about how to make a fantasy stand out in the crowded YA market by making her female main character have understated strength. Also covered:how editing and being an ACT test prep writer helped Kelly in her fiction and marketing on your own, the constant hustle, and the benefits of having a street team.

  

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Website: https://www.kellycoon.com

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