How Authors from Underrepresented Groups Can Publish Books | Jenn T. Grace
Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker, and award-winning author who has founded a company that helps authors from underrepresented groups publish their work. She has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Jenn passionately believes the more raw and real we can be—the more profound the connections we can experience. It drives her fierce commitment to bring voice to the invisible stories that free people from their isolation. She is committed to giving underrepresented voices power, and a stage to share their stories, speak their truth, and impact their communities.
Smith Publicity is an Equal Opportunity Book Marketing Firm
Since our founding in the 1990s, Smith Publicity has been an equal opportunity book marketing firm. We’re worked with (and promoted) authors in all genres and from widely varying backgrounds. To us, a quality book is a quality book no matter how it was published or who wrote it. Today, the publishing industry is making strides to open itself up to a broader range of voices, and we’ve been there since the early days. We worked with self-published authors and their high-quality books when others in the industry were only beginning to accept them. Today, independent publishing has revolutionized the industry and inspired many traditional houses to rethink their strategies.
We feel strongly that one of the reasons we’ve become the most prolific book publicity and literature marketing firm in the world today is because of our equal opportunity approach. The ever more diverse pool of authors that we work with and promote enriches the content of books available to read today. Their solid sales and broader acceptance by more readers are proof of their value. The podcast conversation with Jenn T. Grace affirms and expands on many of these points, and it is cutting-edge in the industry today. It’s an excellent listen for anyone interested in the hybrid model for publishing their book and the industry’s future in general. Another fascinating aspect of Jenn’s company and work is her educational division to help diverse authors learn how to publish their work.
Each generation has pushed the boundaries of the content for books in print, and in this era, that hypothesis is accelerating. It will widen the pool of readers and improve the range of what can be learned from reading books which is the most important function they serve. We look forward to working with diverse authors and helping promote books that present underrepresented points of view. They can come from any group and location and are not confined to any single opinion or belief system.
More About Jenn T. Grace
She is the founder of Publish Your Purpose Press, a publishing company that includes the PYP Academy, with programs that teach aspiring authors how to publish their books. In addition to publishing 60+ books that share the stories of others, Jenn has written six, including her memoir, House on Fire (September 2020).