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A N T I - R A C I S T  B U S I N E S S  P L A N

White supremacy and racism perpetuate immense inequality and harm to individuals and communities. This holds true for the publishing industry and within the specific genre of romance novels and the community that surrounds them. It is imperative that the influence of racism be sought out and counteracted through conscious action on the part of white groups and individuals so that people of all races can obtain opportunities, respect, and safety in all areas of romance publishing, both professional and personal.

As a white author, entrepreneur, and member of the romance reading community, I recognize that I have a role to play in identifying and eradicating the effects of racism and white supremacy in my own business. I am committed to taking an active and ongoing role in this process and to holding myself accountable for my progress.

I commit to commencing or continuing these actions in the following areas of my business:


  • Prioritize seeking out BIPOC-owned services (graphic designers, promotional tour companies, photographers, etc.) when deciding who to support as a client

  • Prioritize choosing BIPOC-owned stores, restaurants, and online shops when making physical purchases related to my business (stationary supplies, photography props, books, meals, cafes I work from, etc.)

  • Make a regular monthly donation to BIPOC-led and benefiting organizations, with a focus on organizations related to the arts, publishing, and literacy


  • Ensure any appearances or features I participate in (speaking engagements, conferences, tutorials, podcasts, interviews and blog posts, etc.) are welcoming to BIPOC communities 

  • Ensure any book signings or author events I participate in are welcoming to BIPOC communities and are taking an active role in ensuring racial diversity among featured authors


  • Publicly post this business plan on my website and update it as any changes or additions are made

  • Add a statement acknowledging the existence of white supremacy and the impact of racism to my ‘About’ page along with a link to this business plan


  • Provide a statement acknowledging the importance of racial diversity within the romance community in all my emails, along with a link to this business plan

  • Ensure there is diverse racial representation in the books I recommend to my readers

  •  Regularly use my newsletters as a space to amplify the work of BIPOC creators


  • Provide a link to this business plan within my social media profiles where possible

  • Diversify my news feeds by seeking out BIPOC-led accounts in the indie romance niche and beyond and support these accounts through active engagement and sharing

  • Diversify my own post content by ensuring there is diverse racial representation in the books I recommend and talk about on social media

  • Regularly amplify BIPOC voices that are celebrating the joy, creativity, beauty, and achievements of their lives and communities, which I will do by sharing and promoting this content and directing others to it

  • Use my accounts to share and discuss anti-racists resources I have found helpful (ex. creating posts about books I’ve read or courses I’ve taken, sharing informative posts created by others, sharing verified news events, etc.)


  • Continue my anti-racist education by regularly consulting informative books, blog posts, podcasts, and news articles

  • Take an anti-racist education course for entrepreneurs (I have currently enrolled in this one)

  • Acknowledge and actively seek out gaps in my anti-racist knowledge and seek to rectify them through education 

  • Prioritize choosing media created by and featuring members of BIPOC communities to consume and discuss in my leisure time in order to amplify BIPOC voices and to allow BIPOC experiences to have more space in my own life and perspective (ex. choosing to watch shows and films with BIPOC-led casts and crews, choosing to listen to podcasts with BIPOC guests and hosts, seeking out visual art made by BIPOC creators, etc.)


  • Continuously educate myself on the harmful ways people of colour are portrayed by white writers both consciously and unconsciously and on how to avoid that harm

  • Ensure I am creating stories that reflect the diversity of the world around me while also recognizing that my role as an anti-racist white author is, above all, to amplify the voices of BIPOC authors

  • Hire professional diversity readers to provide feedback and insight on my manuscripts when needed

  • Readily and openly accept critiques of instances when I have failed to do any of the above and apologize while committing totaking action tah ensures I will not cause the same harm again


  • Accept any feedback, suggestions, comments, or criticism about my anti-racist work with a commitment to listening and learning without becoming defensive or dismissive

  • Thank anyone who approaches me with firsthand feedback for the gift of their perspective and their trust in sharing it with me

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