Diversity in Publishing – Studies & Stats
— Last checked and updated May 1, 2020 by Leah Vecchione, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student.
King, Amy & Sarah Clark. “The 2017 VIDA Count.” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, June 17, 2018.
Compiles demographic data on how various underrepresented groups and populations are reviewed, awarded grants, etc. Visit Site
Low, Jason. “Where Is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results.” Lee & Low Books, Jan. 26, 2016. Read Article
Pope, Colin. “We Need to Talk About the Canon: Demographics in The Norton Anthology.” The Millions, April 29, 2019. Read Article
A Deeper Dive
The 2018 Black SFF Writer Survey Report. FIYAH-Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Visit Site
2018 Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey – Summary Report. Association of Canadian Publishers, March 2019. Read Report
Agosto, Denise E., Sandra Hughes-Hassell & Catherine Gilmour-Clough. “The All-White World of Middle-School Genre Fiction: Surveying the Field for Multicultural Protagonists.” Children’s Literature in Education, Vol. 34, No. 4, Dec. 2003, pp. 257–75. ResearchGate. Read Article
Akbar, Arifa. “Diversity in publishing: still hideously middle-class and white?” The Guardian, 9 Dec 2017 08.00. Read Article
Bala, Sharon. “Canada Reads and the Gender Gap.” Sharon Bala, March 25, 2018. Read Article
Demand for Diversity: A Survey of Canadian Readers. BookNet Canada, May 1, 2019. Report
The Diversity Baseline Survey: Taking a Look in the Mirror. Lee & Low Books. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Article
“Further Reading: Demand for Diversity.” BookNet Canada, May 17, 2019.
A list of resources, surveys, etc. collected by BookNet for the book industry after their survey. May have some applicability to magazine publishing. Visit Page
Horning, Kathleen T. “Publishing Statistics on Children’s Books about People of Color and First/Native Nations and by People of Color and First/Native Nations Authors and Illustrators.” Cooperative Children’s’ Book Center, University of Wisconsin/Madison, last updated July 5, 2019. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Report
Kean, Danuta, ed. “Writing the Future: Black and Asian Writers and Publishers in the UK Marketplace.” Spread the Word, April 15, 2015. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Report
McArdle, Molly. “‘You Will Be Tokenized’: Speaking Out About the State of Diversity in Publishing.” Brooklyn Magazine, 25 Feb. 2016.
McArdle discusses the results of the Lee & Low industry study and what it means to speak about racism in the publishing industry, including the experiences of people of colour in the publishing industry. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Visit Site
Lo, Malinda. “2014 LGBT YA by the Numbers.” Diversity in YA, Dec. 10, 2014.
On young adult literature. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Report
Rawson, Casey. “Are All Lists Created Equal? Diversity in Award-Winning and Bestselling Young Adult Fiction.” The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, June 14, 2011. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Article
Shah, Angilee. “A Survey of Who Works in the Book Industry Gives Us a Clue about Why It’s Not Diverse.” Public Radio International, Jan. 28, 2016. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Article
Stella Count. Analysis, Melinda Harvey and Julieanne Lamond. The Stella Prize
The Stella Count assesses the extent of gender bias in the field of book reviewing in Australia. In order to do this, it records the authors, book titles and book genres reviewed, as well as the gender of reviewers, and the number and size of reviews published. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read 2018 Report
Wilson, Kristian. “How Diverse Is Children’s Literature?” Bustle, Sept. 14, 2016. (Accessed 05/01/2020) Read Article
Yorio, Kara. “Survey Shows ‘No Discernible’ Progress Diversifying Publishing.” School Library Journal News & Features. Jan 28, 2020. Read article