The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has identified a number of initiatives to address the under-representation of racialized and marginalized people working in the Canadian book publishing industry. Publishers continue to seek ways to expand their professional networks to include those from diverse communities. This is particularly important for smaller publishing firms that make up the majority of ACP’s membership. With few staff positions and limited opportunities to hire full-time staff, contract and freelance work is a reality of their publishing operations and presents an opportunity for ACP to help publishers diversify their professional networks. We recognize that engaging more freelancers from diverse communities is not a long-term solution to this challenge but it is a preliminary step and an initiative we can undertake immediately.
Our aim is to help build a network of freelance publishing experts from diverse communities: all those who identify with BIPOC communities, LGBTQI+ communities, those with a disability/disabilities, and other marginalized groups are encouraged to participate. We welcome listings from freelancers with all levels of experience, from those early in their publishing career to publishing veterans.
Please provide us with the information we need to build this network. The information provided will populate a directory listing, which ACP staff will review with you by email before hosting on the public-facing website.
We encourage you to circulate this form widely within your publishing network. Any and all feedback to improve this survey and directory is welcome. The database is available at https://publishers.ca/diverse-freelancers-database/
PLEASE NOTE: ACP's website will be updated in the coming weeks, involving a revamped database page specific for the Network of Book Publishing Freelancers from Diverse Communities directory. We will be slow to responding to respondents and updates to the current list will be included post-launch of our new website. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
If you have any questions, please contact ACP at email@example.com