Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Negotiator Trilogy - Revisted

Everyone knows I have my issues with book covers not accurately (or closely) reflecting the main character of the book I'm reading. When I picked up book 1, I found out that Margrit was a well-off black woman ... The cover has a white woman. So of course if you read my blog regularly, you know I was pissed.

I've also become a little salty with the author, CE Murphy for ending a fantastic series so soon but that's besides the point.

CE Murphy got major MAJOR cool points from me. A reader, Mandalay, directed me to this. I hadn't seen it or found it on the net when I was searching for this subject matter with this series. Please CLICK HERE to read the full interview CE Murphy gave about having to fight to keep her main character black.

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Main Points from CE Murphy:
1. When it became clear I wasn’t going to budge on Margrit’s parents both being black–and come on, we’re talking about America here: a huge percentage of black Americans have white blood, and it’s hardly a stretch for two people who self-identify as black to have a daughter who’s Halle-Berry-colored–when I wasn’t going to budge, they said to me, “Maybe you could write a “Dear Reader” letter that says one of the themes of these books is racism.”

2. The bit they focused on was “a Halle Berry type”, and when I turned the manuscript in with Margrit still defining herself as a black woman, they said, “I thought we agreed she would have one white parent.”

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You can read more at bittenbybooks.com at the link provided above.

The more I read and the more I invest in an author or series ... I find that this is common and what a damn shame it is. It's one thing to have a black author fighting to keep their protagonist black and have people of cover on the art work, but it's something else to have a non-black author have to defend her vision because it's not what they think will sell. Bullshit ... I can't do anything about it except air it out as much as possible when it arises. Not sure how much good it will do, but at least these publishing companies will know that the readers are aware.

That link above also has a link to another author who had similar struggles with book covers. CLICK HERE for that blog.

1 comment:

  1. I read C.E. Murphy's post and the comments a while back and thought it was great. I'm glad you're sharing it here.

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