Recently a native New York author scored a major book award this month. James McBride is the 2016 National Book Award winner for his biography entitled, Kill 'Em and Leave, it is about the life of soul music R&B legend James Brown (1933-2006). It is distributing by a subsidy of Random House; that is Spiegel & Grau, a conscious minded, human issue provoking publishing house that is less than ten years old since 2008. I have not read Kill 'Em and Leave, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive on Amazon.
A question may shake in the publishing industry same like the rattling hip bone of James Brown; regardless of the brilliance of McBride's writing, would he be enjoying similar success as an African-American author if he self-published Kill 'Em and Leave? It is uneasy for me see a solid yes in answer, although James McBride was the same award winner in 2013 for his another book. Reason there has been an on-going negative tone against self-published books in comparison to primary market publications. Professional recognition and respect do not often flow smoothly for self-published writers.
Getting a book out in the market can be hard-fought. It is another arena of contest simply to get noticed. Those independent authors with an ingenious marketing plan, a consistent budget, a basketful of good reviews and rebounding energy and drive may fare better than others with lesser resources. Last year one of the most critically panned, major published novels 50 Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E.L. James: sold millions of copies, more than a million indy authors ever sold of any their several books combined. That may be an exaggeration.
"Not an encouraging sight. After four years of research and rewriting and after seven weeks of being published, my book ends up here."
There is nonetheless a bleak reality as another book by E.L. James, 50 Shades Darker, is adapting for the silver screen. There are sealed boxes of self-published writers' books get stored in the rear of their garages, basements or attics unnoticed and unsold. The only readers of their literary expressions might be visiting relatives, neighbors, and former school teachers. Literature Critics may have complained suffering in angst reviewing 50 Shades of Grey as told by Christian. The majority of them may be more unwilling to evaluate a self-published book by a much unknown author. How valid even if that non-major publication is fifty grades better than the once super-selling sexploitation follow-up (of 50 Shades of Grey). The likelihood of success for a self-published writer may go down a few more notches if he or she is African-American.
In spite of his accomplishments, Mr. McBride is not riding high on all the top tiers. After media coverage of his National Book Award his book Kill 'Em and Leave is hard to find on the radar of updating New York Times bestselling lists, far from the top ten. Despite the critical acclaim he is garnishing on Amazon, the same book is also a long distance from near the first 100 best-selling books on the site. How will it be a year from now? The disappearing act how so an occurrence than the appearing and re-appearing events.
With help from important sources maybe with the Publisher's Weekly journal you may be able to learn who are the leading black authors currently. From research and web surfing you could find out who are the most famous writers of color in history. The libraries of locating treasured works by present-day independent African-American authors might remain to be establishing. The elusive knowledge for all serves as part of the global system of unfairness. If you wanted to be aware now, where would you go to find those excelling writers of ethnicity (of any human including Latino and Asian) if they are not clearly identified, more so acknowledged? African American authors have more future-wise to do than put forth their very best writing possible. They might have to prepare their minds and hearts for psychological awards greater than any fame and success achieved in authorship.