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Diversity in Fiction by IRMC Books

I have to throw the credit to Amy Atwell, a dear friend of RU, for the head’s up on this dynamic group of women who were banding together to create the one-stop shop for authors, publishing professionals and readers to find great multicultural and interracial books.  Once I logged onto their site, I knew that this would be a fantastic resource for all lovers of great books.  Welcome to the IRMC team!

Diversity in Fiction

In June 2011 IRMC Books launched. The idea for the blog originated when a.c. Mason began the search for a web home for authors and readers like her that wanted Interracial and Multicultural Books. A place where readers, authors, and publishers could share there their love for Interracial and Multicultural Books. She came across a place for readers and some for writers, but wanted a hub for us all. Sure of only one fact that she couldn’t be the only one seeking this unified home, she put out a call to her fellow writers. Mahalia Levey, Ambrielle Kirk, and Charisma Knight answered that call and joined forces with her. Interracial and Multicultural Books was born from the passion of these three women. With over 20,000 hits on the site since its launch and a nomination in the 2011 Bookie Awards, IRMC Books has not only become a blog to share books from authors and publishers, but a place where one can expect to find diversity in fiction.

Diversity in characters is what the fans of IRMC Books like to see. When we seek diversity in our fiction, we’re not just seeking 3-dimensional character. We seek complex characters of a broad fusion of ethnicities. Fiction has come a long way over the decades, and the plot doesn’t always have to feature only Caucasian characters. In this generation, technology (specifically, the internet) makes it easier for publishers to reach a wider range of readers. Those readers are more than likely looking for multi-faceted fiction. Fiction that represents the diverse world in which we live in today.

One of the messages that IRMC Books strives to get out is that the market for books with interracial and multicultural characters is very much in demand. In every single genre, that is. So to publishers, let us find an interracial romance with strong conflict other than color barrier issues. And in speculative fiction, publish a book with a mix of multi-cultural characters from different corners of the globe. To cover artists, create a true depiction on the cover that represents the characters within the book. To writers, write the story from your heart.

We’d love to get the word out about these books. Here are some opportunities for you to get involved in helping us spread the work about interracial and multicultural stories:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday are our straight promo days. You can share an excerpt or have your book reviewed. On Thursday, we invite publishers to come share their IR/MC related news. The news can be anything from your current releases or a call for submissions in this genre. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, we invite authors to share a bit of information about yourself through an interview or blog topic.

And let’s not forget those beautiful diverse covers. If you’re a cover artist or author, and you have an awesome cover, come share it with us. If the cover has the most votes on our blog, it’s featured for one week on our site.

Lastly, if you have a new release, we’ll list it on our site and blog readers will be directed to a link to buy your book. Readers, we haven’t forgotten about you. On most days, authors are generous enough to hold contests and giveaways for books and other swag. Plus, there are lots of news and releases on IR/MC related reads.

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Are you an author who wants to know more about how to reach out to your readers throught IRMC?  Are you a reader who is curious about what is up-and-coming in IRMC fiction? Now’s the time to ask!

On Wednesday, Sara Megibow is back with us. She will run her Twitter #AskAgent event through the blog post and open the floor to your burning questions.  This will be an exciting and dynamic day – don’t miss it!

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We’re giving away one ebook pack to one lucky commenter. Prize pack includes: Hard Drive by Ambrielle Kirk, Mahki by Mahalia Levey, Surrendering to the Right Man by a.c. Mason and Wet by Charisma Knight

Bio:
Interracial and Multicultural (IRMC) Books was created to Bringing IR/MC readers, authors, and publishers together. A centralized hub for Interracial and Multicultural Books books, authors, publishers, and reader. a.c. Mason stories are the place where darkness meets human desire and fairytales endings are not promised but earned. Mahalia Levey takes characters and watches them grow past what she’s imagined is her true passion. Ambrielle Kirk strives to create tales that takes her readers on an emotional whirlwind. Charisma Knight writes of old and “cursed” souls that must atone for past sins they care not to remember before fulfilling their destinies and moving on to a higher realm within their existence.

Visit us on the web at http://www.irmcbooks.com/

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33 Responses to “Diversity in Fiction by IRMC Books”

  1. What a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing it with us. I know I will spend a lot of time over there.

    Posted by Daw | October 10, 2011, 1:31 am
  2. Really beautiful site and such an awesome resource. RU is so glad to help get the word out. And thanks for the generous giveaway!

    Tracey

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | October 10, 2011, 6:16 am
  3. What a fantastic venture for you! I know you put a lot of planning into what you would offer and how you would reach out – what has been the most surprising thing that has happened since you started IRMC Books?

    What things do you hope will evolve in the future for your website?

    Robin

    Posted by Robin Covington | October 10, 2011, 6:30 am
  4. Very nice. TY for sharing. Bookmarked, too!

    Posted by Mercy | October 10, 2011, 7:08 am
  5. morning all..

    Sounds like an excellent venture! Heading over now for a look-see ….thanks for the great info! =)

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | October 10, 2011, 7:33 am
  6. Thanks for having of us on this site, Robin.

    I’m one of the contributing members at IRMC Books. When a.c. Mason approached me with the idea early Spring, it seemed like a very exciting idea. As a reader of IR/MC books, I hadn’t come across any site quite like what she proposed. Not only do we cater to readers, but we also welcome authors AND their publishers to talk about their news. I am surprised at the sheer amount of volume we’ve had on the site since its launch. Each week we get at least one “new-to-me” author on the site, which means I, as a reader can give that author a try. That’s what we offer to all authors/publishers who come on the site as our guest. We hope to bring awareness about the interest in diverse reads in the future in every genre.

    Posted by Ambrielle Kirk | October 10, 2011, 7:57 am
  7. Ambrielle states it perfectly. None of us expected the volume we’ve had not only from readers but also from authors. I do the Hot Spot Interviews on Tuesday. When I put the call out it took a week to be slotted until Feb of next year. Not only are readers looking for a place, authors are vying for a new home to share their work with a broader community. Thanks for all the comments and for having us at IRMC here.

    Posted by Mahalia Levey | October 10, 2011, 8:13 am
  8. Good morning,

    One of my manuscripts has a biracial heroine. No takers yet, but still trying.

    Thanks for the information,

    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | October 10, 2011, 8:54 am
  9. Good Morning Mary Jo. Are you submitting to digital houses or print? If digital are you including the genre it is. It’d be IR Contemporary or IR paranormal/ IR Historical etc… Giving a clear niche is key at times.

    Posted by Mahalia Levey | October 10, 2011, 9:00 am
  10. What a great idea! I love seeing more and more multicultural books out there. I definitely think there’s an audience for books that reflect the real world – thank goodness we’ve moved beyond the WASP-type characters that were standard in the past.

    Posted by Becke Martin/Davis | October 10, 2011, 9:37 am
  11. I will save this link and know I will enjoy reading about what great works are being done in multi-racial, multi-cultural.From Brooklyn to Manhattan to NY South in Florida, my greatest love is in the sounds, images and diversity of people. I love this concept and also realize it is more of what I grew up with, what I thrive on and what I enjoy most about The City. Great good things with this project. I will enjoy following :)

    Posted by florence fois | October 10, 2011, 9:40 am
  12. Great post today! This is a fantastic idea. With our own changing world and all the different cultures and peoples coming together it’s no wonder this site is already so popular. Nicely done!

    Posted by ChristineWarner | October 10, 2011, 10:27 am
  13. I think this group is awesome and it’s very cool that you all started it. I don’t write IRMC, but I enjoy reading anything that gives me a good story. Having read works by both a.c. Mason and Ambrielle, I have to say these two ladies know how to write a story and I’m glad they have joined forces with others to help expand this often overlooked subgenre of romance. You guys are awesome keep up the amazing work!

    Posted by Kaycee Kacer | October 10, 2011, 10:33 am
  14. Absolutely fabulous. I’m so glad romance has moved into the real world and broke away from its old stodgy mold.
    Way to go ladies!!!

    Posted by Brenda | October 10, 2011, 10:38 am
  15. This site and these ladies fill a void and they do it with class and style. Congratulations!

    Posted by Casea Major | October 10, 2011, 11:04 am
  16. This is soo awesome!

    Posted by Martha Ramirez | October 10, 2011, 11:09 am
  17. Welcome to RU, ladies!

    What an exciting venture. Could you share with us what’s been the most challenging aspect of creating a site like IRMC? And do you find most of your visitors are writers or readers?

    Thanks so much for visiting with us and the RU Crew!

    Kelsey

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | October 10, 2011, 11:36 am
  18. Thanks for welcoming us, Kelsey!

    Each member of IRMC Books works hard to create a site to cater to readers, authors, and publishers. Mason is the backbone of our idea, and she did a fabulous job on the site layout and format. For me, the most challenging aspect is getting the word out to a wider audience about our brand new idea. And you hit the nail right on the head, Kelsey. As a new blog, it takes a lot of work and promotion to enhance our visibility among readers. One of our goals is to provide a place where writers and readers can interact together, so we welcome visits from both.

    Posted by Ambrielle Kirk | October 10, 2011, 11:59 am
  19. It’s a fabulous site that is reader and author friendly – and that’s a hard balance to keep!!

    Posted by Billy London | October 10, 2011, 12:14 pm
  20. This is such a great thing to do. IRMC romance is an important part of romance. Thank you for making this happen. Also, shout out to Mahalia Levey and Ambrielle Kirk, both of whom are awesome. :)

    Posted by Avery Flynn | October 10, 2011, 12:48 pm
  21. Thank you to all those who’ve stop buy.
    I think the hardest parts of the creation of the site is to get the following messages across IRMCBooks includes books with interracial (character(s)) of multiple ethnic, cultural or religions, and that the main conflict in the story can be about ethnicity, culture or religion but isn’t a requirement.
    The largest search pool that ends up on our site is searching for irmcbooks. The next highest group of searches from those searching for interracial or multicultural accompanied by one of the following words publishers, authors, and books/novels. From looking at the stats I’d say we are tipped on the readers’ side and some of the numbers on the authors’ side can tip back to readers also because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a fellow authors blurb then added it to my Kobo.
    I’m blessed to have Mahalia, Ambrielle and Charisma on this venture. They keep the goings on of the site running smoothly.
    I appreciate RU having us.
    Thank you,
    a.c. Mason

    Posted by a.c. Mason | October 10, 2011, 2:31 pm
  22. Thank you for coming by RU today ladies! I’ll let you know who your winner is soon!

    Posted by Robin Covington | October 10, 2011, 4:37 pm
  23. I see some great comments. a.c. Nailed it on the head. The hardest part is that there seems to be a different definition of what IRMC is. So much so we’ve included the definition on our site. We still have authors who are unsure of the boundaries. IRMC crosses the color barrier and the ethnicity barrier all in one fell swoop. It’s not about African American or Caucasion, Hispanic or Western Indian etc…any mixure of any race is welcome, as well as all cultural aspects and norms for a diverse population. We call New York the melting pot of cultures at IRMC we want the melting pot, we need it to show that there is so much more to learn about each other than is written or spoken, there are stories for every reader to fall in love with that haven’t been written yet.

    Posted by Mahalia Levey | October 10, 2011, 5:28 pm
  24. What an interesting post. I am glad that there are publishers and authors out there filling those needs. The giveaway includes some really good authors!
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

    Posted by Jen B. | October 10, 2011, 6:46 pm
  25. Great article ladies! An an author of IR romance, I fully appreciate what the ladies have done. To be able to reach such a broad audience of potential new readers is wonderful. They’re doing a great thing here, and the more visibility we can all bring to the IR genre, the more we can help to positively influence how IR relationships are perceived.

    Thanks again Ladies! Awesome work.

    Reana <3

    Posted by Reana Malori | October 10, 2011, 7:35 pm
  26. great website! thanks for doing this.

    Posted by Jeanie and Jayha | October 11, 2011, 6:26 am
  27. And the winner is . . . . Jen B!!!! Send me your email addy at robincovingtonromance@yahoo.com!

    Posted by Robin Covington | October 11, 2011, 12:12 pm
  28. Congrats Jen B!

    I wanted to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments. And a big thanks once again to RU for having us on the site.

    ambrielle kirk

    Posted by Ambrielle Kirk | October 11, 2011, 1:18 pm
  29. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I am looking forward to reading all of the books. And, thanks for a great post.

    Posted by Jen B. | October 11, 2011, 7:15 pm

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