I’m proud to be Canadian.
But sometimes as I look at the stores around me and think, "Hey, a lot of things are American!"
In our neighborhood we have Walmart, Wendy's, The Home Depot (which I thought was Canadian!) and a host of other American stores. Even Tim Hortons isn't Canadian anymore :(
It made me think about the books I've read and where the authors are from. Turns out, the majority of them were (unsurprisingly) American.
While this is certainly not a bad thing, I do wonder why there aren't as many prominent Canadian authors (besides Margaret Atwood) or authors who gained popularity in other parts of the world (other than Marie Kondo).
I mean, look at the Goodreads list of the most popular books published in 2019 as proof. I went through the list and stopped at 25 and there were only 5 authors that were not American.
"If this were a test, the publishing industry would get a failing grade."
I don't want to ask this question and I'm aware that America is one of the giant hubs of the publishing industry but...
What does this say about the publishing industry?
I can't help but draw the conclusion that you'll have a slightly higher chance of being a successful author if you're American. That, or the publishing industry is still developing in other parts of the world.
But even that can't be said. You don't have to live in America to get a publishing deal, a lot of agents work with authors outside of America.
There's no denying it, there's a lack of national diversity. If this were a test, the publishing industry would get a failing grade.
I challenge you to go back to the last book you read and determine the nationality of the author. Let me know in the comments below.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
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Hi there! I'm Simone:)
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