The reality of being a published author

George Washington bookWe’ve all had the dream.

Write. Get published by a mega-house.

Be careful what you wish for.

Scholastic pulled the plug on A Birthday Cake for George Washington, a picture book by Ramin Ganeshram. The publisher has “ceased distribution.”

In this first-person feature, the author explains how she was scapegoated and abandoned by her publisher. Racism? You be the judge.

Simply know that this could happen to you. You could take the blame for an illustrator’s misguided perspective. (Good luck finding any publisher who lets the author have veto power over illustrations, by the way.) Worse yet, your publisher may insist you stay silent, in hopes that protests will disappear.

This post isn’t about this book’s content. This is a wake-up call for authors. It could happen to you.

 

 

 

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