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So as many of you know, I work for a small publishing house. I come to you today with a question that is relevant to my work, and I ask that you please spread the link to anyone you know who would be able to weigh-in on this issue.

We recently positioned an upcoming middle-grade fiction title, the third in a series. As part of that meeting, we determine our cover concept. The cover concept for this title involves the main characters in a cafeteria setting at their junior high school. However, this is the first time all of the main characters have been featured on the cover. We're excited to finally be able to depict them on the cover, but we want to make sure we're doing it right.

So, I come to you today, LJ, to respectfully ask your opinions on a question of hair. One of the main characters of the series is a 12-year-old African-American girl, from a middle-class family living in the Midwest.

I will put it bluntly--our editorial staff is made up of Catholic nuns, none of whom are black, and white women. We have no practical knowledge of the style of hair this girl would be likely to have. We are aware that hair can be a highly-charged topic for African-Americans, and we are trying to determine (again, to put it bluntly) the safest option we have for this cover. While we realize that it is impossible to please everyone all the time, we're hoping that by doing some research and asking around, we can determine the hopefully least-offensive route to take, here. Everyone was very excited to finally have all the characters on the cover of the book, but we don't want to fuck it up.

We would be grateful for any input on this matter. (And I apologize if I've inadvertently phrased something poorly.)
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
Hey guys! Know I haven't updated in a while, but I figured I'd give everyone on ye olde f-list a heads-up that my workplace is hiring. Two of my coworkers officially handed in their resignations this week (we wish them the best of luck at their new jobs!), so we are hiring!

Yes, okay, there is a lot of Jesus, and knowledge of Catholicism is required (since it's... y'know, a CATHOLIC publisher). But if you fit the bill and are in the area, it's a nice workplace, the benefits are great (lots of paid vacation time! health insurance! \0/ ), and hey, I'm here! Can't beat that. XD

ANYWAY, job postings are here:

Editorial Projects Coordinator: http://www.bbboston.org/pageJobs_view.cfm?jobid=7474

Associate Children's Editor: http://www.bbboston.org/pageJobs_view.cfm?jobid=7477
(Note: This job description may be edited in the near future; the editor who is leaving says it is not complete/updated, so they probably popped it up online as fast as they could. This is a BIG job--we only have one other Children's editor. Together they handle our entire children's publishing department. The job includes acquisitions and developmental editing of books for children ages 0-12, basically.)


If you're in the Boston area, in publishing, and are looking for a job, you might want to take a look! (But seriously. You have to be Catholic, or able to fake it really, really well. This place is run by nuns, you work with nuns, and all our publishing is for a Catholic audience. There is a large statue of Jesus in our entryway. NOT KIDDING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC PART.)

NOTE: If this doesn't fit you but you know someone who might be interested, PLEASE feel free to link them! This is a public post. And they need people NOW, so they will be hiring quickly. Get your resume in NOW.

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