Crystal Swain-Bates

Celebrated children's book author, Crystal Swain-Bates, was fed up with the lack of black children's books on the market, so she founded Goldest Karat Publishing in order to address the lack of diversity in children's literature. With over 100,000 books sold, her children’s books have been featured in Forbes, CNN, Essence, the Huffington Post, and used as props on television shows. Known as a “Diversity Publishing Pro”, Crystal offers done-for-you publishing services and courses to authors who want to bring their books to life through self-publishing.

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Should I Self-Publish My Children’s Book?

To self-publish or not to self-publish? For many aspiring children’s book authors, that is the question. In fact, as a children’s book author myself, it’s one of the questions I receive most frequently. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to publishing, I believe that fully understanding your options can help you decide.

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Diversity in Publishing: The Good, The Bad, and How You Can Help Make a Change

For the past few years, diversity in the publishing industry has been quite the hot topic and the inspiration for numerous initiatives and social media campaigns calling out for more representation in books. From #WeNeedDiverseBooks to the #OwnVoices movement, there is overwhelming agreement that we need greater representation and inclusion in the publishing industry.

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