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.
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!
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
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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