Friday Publishing News Link Roundup – Roxane Gay’s edict to indie bookstores and more…

A weekly roundup of what people are talking about in book marketing and book publicity.

Author Roxane Gay calls on independent bookstores to be places of sanctuary. At the American Bookseller Association‘s Winter Institute in Minneapolis keynote speaker Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and the just-released Difficult Women, called on bookstores to address the publishing industry’s “diversity problem” and to be more inclusive.

 The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has added a lifetime achievement prize to its annual book award program. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes one of the region’s most enduring, iconic writers and to memorializes Conroy as a force for good in the world of southern books and literature.

Lit Agents Call for Submissions from Muslim Writers Following President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigrations, a number of literary agents from separate agencies have announced a collective open call for submissions by Muslim writers.

The Hot Sheet went to the Digital Book World Conference and Expo and has the takeaways for authors. “Price is the most important and most influential barrier to entry for ebook buyers, and the increase in price coincided with the decrease in sales.”

27 Books That Are Perfect to Read While Traveling – Have a trip coming up? Pack these books.

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