BAME submissions markedly up, agents report

BAME submissions markedly up, agents report

Agents are responding to a surge in demand for books by underrepresented voices by bringing more titles by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) authors to Frankfurt, including Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie, Frannie Langton by Sara Collins and Hold by Michael Donkor.

Editors are keen to acquire more titles by BAME authors following intense scrutiny of the diversity of the UK book trade and its output in the past year. While welcoming the increase in titles from BAME authors, figures in the trade are hoping it is not merely a “publishing bandwagon”.

Piers Blofeld, agent at Sheil Land, ...

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