100 episodes

Bimonthly podcast from publishing professionals Bev Rivero & Jenn Baker, and other industry insiders, on diversity (or lack thereof) in the industry.

Minorities in Publishing Jenn Baker

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 33 Ratings

Bimonthly podcast from publishing professionals Bev Rivero & Jenn Baker, and other industry insiders, on diversity (or lack thereof) in the industry.

    Episode 130: Interview with Newbery honored author/illustrator Pedro Martín

    Episode 130: Interview with Newbery honored author/illustrator Pedro Martín

    [This interview was conducted online so there may be some audio variation.]
    For the 10th anniversary year of Minorities in Pub, Jenn welcomes recent Newbery honoree and Pura Belpré winning author/illustrator Pedro Martín! Pedro talks about his entry into books from creating greeting cards, how the Mexikid online comic expanded even more with his award-winning book, learning lots about publishing his debut and how to consider young readers in storytelling, aplus how he approaches humor in his illustrations, especially when touching on aspects of his childhood/family. 
    [Transcript of this episode can be found on Tumblr. You can sign up for the MiP monthly newsletter with job listings, guest news, and new eps here.]

    • 55 min
    Episode 129: Interview with bestselling author Renée Watson

    Episode 129: Interview with bestselling author Renée Watson

    [This interview was conducted online so there may be some audio variation.]
    For the 10th anniversary year of Minorities in Pub, Jenn welcomes back best-selling & award-winning author Renée Watson for her fourth episode (in a year she has 4 books publishing)! We discussed Renée origins in storytelling as a poet and playwright when she started a performing arts company in high school, her new book of poetry BLACK GIRL YOU ARE ATLAS (illustrated by Ekua Holmes), the benefits & necessity of poetry--and poetry for young people--in her work as a teaching-artist, and how early rejections can lead to big successes.  
    [Transcript of this episode can be found on Tumblr. You can sign up for the MiP monthly newsletter with job listings, guest news, and new eps here.]
    Intro/Outro music is by Moutaineer and licensed through Premuim Beat.

    • 45 min
    Episode 128: Interview with young adult author Matt Mendez

    Episode 128: Interview with young adult author Matt Mendez

    [This interview was conducted online so there may be some audio variation.]
    For the 10th anniversary year of Minorities in Pub, Jenn speaks with author Matt Mendez about his new young adult novel, The Broke Hearts, a companion to his debut YA Barely Missing Everything. Jenn and Matt discuss the unrealistic expectations of knowing your path at a young age, male representation for young readers, and parental influence on young people not only in life but in writing for younger readers. 
    [Transcript of episodes can be found on Tumblr. You can sign up for the MiP monthly newsletter with job listings, guest news, and new eps here.]
    Intro/Outro music is by Moutaineer and licensed through Premuim Beat.

    • 50 min
    Episode 127: Interview with graphic novelist Elizabeth Agyemang

    Episode 127: Interview with graphic novelist Elizabeth Agyemang

    [This interview was conducted online so there may be some audio variation.]
    Jenn speaks with editor and graphic novelist/author Elizabeth Agyemang (Fibbed) about her debut middle grade, finding space for her professional and creative life, how she's learned that incremental progress is still progress in all aspects of our work, and the inherent struggles creators of color face when the expectations are not balanced (or unbiased). 
    [Transcript of this episode can be found on Tumblr. You can sign up for the MiP monthly newsletter with job listings, guest news, and new eps here.]

    • 38 min
    Episode 126: Interview with Publicity & Outreach at Candlewick Books!

    Episode 126: Interview with Publicity & Outreach at Candlewick Books!

    [This interview was conducted online so there may be some audio variation.]
    Jenn speaks with Candlewick publicity manager Jamie Tan (a 2020 PW StarWatch honoree and CBC Diversity Achievement Awardee) and former Candlewick outreach manager Ally Russell (whose debut middle grade It Comes From Trees pubs in 2024). They discuss working outside of NYC in the publishing industry and the reality of what hybrid work has looked like for their positions, what drew them to the industry and keeps them in publishing, in addition to the added emotional labor BIPOC take on in speaking up about issues in the workplace. 
    [Transcript of this episode can be found on Tumblr. You can sign up for the MiP monthly newsletter with job listings, guest news, and new eps here.]

    • 1 hr
    Episode 125: Interview with debut novelist Namrata Poddar

    Episode 125: Interview with debut novelist Namrata Poddar

    [This interview was conducted online so there may be some audio variation.]
    Jenn speaks with debut novelist Namrata Poddar about her book Border Less (longlisted for the 2022 Center of Fiction First Novel Prize), pursuing publication with an small press versus a Big 5 publisher, the "classic" question of marketability versus craft that BIPOC writers especially face when publishing their work, and one's intentionality in not only their writing but what their expectations are when it comes to publication.  
    (We also mention Book Coaching and the Unicorn Authors Club that you can learn more about at their website.)
    [Transcript of this episode can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumblr. You can sign up for the MiP monthly newsletter with job listings, guest news, and new eps here.]

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Love amour ,

Insight into authors and publishing

Lots if interesting conversations and information in the industry

TheRealKatherine ,

Great podcast

Lots of interesting interviews with POC from a wide array of areas of the publishing world. Good to listen to when you are stuck in traffic!

cvcjr757 ,

Great Info, Wish There was Better Audio

I am wanting to get introduced to the publishing world as a minority. This podcast was really insightful, and it is orienting me to the industry! The biggest con of the podcast is the audio is really hard to listen to, to the point where it is literally painful at points.

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