So, I have a problem. I’m writing a book, which i love dearly of course, but I am questioning the races of the characters. I am black, and 2 of the characters are black and one is biracial. The book doesn’t focus on race, per se, but the characters are black except for the main character’s love interest. The thing is, i don’t want to be relegated to the African-American lit side because then that cuts off about 90% of the people who may want to read the book if it’s not in that small ass section of the bookstore. It wouldn’t matter so much to change the race though, but they are slightly based on real life people and I like them being black because, really, should only black people be interested in black characters if it doesn’t affect the storyline? the book is set in an upper-class type society and nothing is blatantly about race except the description.
I should just change the race to white, huh? I don’t want to be relegated to a section where only 13% of the population really even wanders and then have to cut down that percent to the people who will actually buy the book….when I could just make it a “white” book where white people, some blacks, some asians, some of anybody may read it. Not to say that other races don’t read “black lit”, but it’s a steeper change that doesn’t seem economical when you think about it.
Lol, guess blog writing is informative, because I pretty much summed up my own answers, huh?