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Privilege In The Publishing World - The Need For Equitable Access For Authors with Jeanenne Ray

In today’s episode, Amber is joined by Jeanenne Ray, Associate Publisher at Wiley Publishing, to talk about equity and diversity in the publishing industry.

On a mission to help authors share their word with the world, Jeanenne dives into the importance of championing authors from diverse backgrounds and the future of the publishing industry when it comes to equity and inclusion. Jeanenne also talks about the power of fostering relationships, recruiting people from diverse backgrounds, and even important factors that every author should consider when writing their own book.

Join Amber and Jeanenne as they discuss how to create equitable access for all authors, and the powerful impacts that diversity can have in the publishing industry.


• Why we need to diversify publishing
• The impact of championing authors from diverse backgrounds
• Important things for authors, writers, and editors consider
• Misconceptions publishing companies have about authors from unfamiliar backgrounds
• What could the future of the publishing industry look like?
• A privilege Jeanenne refuses to feel guilty about


“Bringing in as many different voices into the books that we publish is really important. I have a huge privilege to be able to choose the authors that I work with, and people that I work with, and to amplify their voices in a big way.” – Jeanenne Ray

“Book becomes a tool to get your work out in a bigger way, and it can become your calling card.” – Jeanenne Ray

“The book ultimately creates an opportunity for you to have access to different spaces. It gives you a chance to adjust your pricing. It levels you up as an expert; [and] it does a lot of other things that can impact how you make money [as well as] the kinds of clients you get. And I really appreciated that perspective.” – Amber Cabral


Jeanenne Ray
Associate Publisher at Wiley Publishing
Equity in Publishing
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Just finished the first episode (whispers: via YouTube) and I was NOT ready for the conversation to end. So I came on over to the apple podcast streets to subscribe and listen again on my commute to work. While this is not the work I’m exclusively dedicated to, I want to increase awareness around equity so I can be more intentional in my practice personally and professionally. This conversation is an absolute resource that I have the PRIVILEGE (time) to tap into and I look forward to digging into new episodes every week.

Guilty Privilege

Amber has a genuine ability to bring out the authentic aspects of topics that many of us must want to sit down and have a conversation about! Refreshing, compelling and yes, entertaining — can’t wait for each episode to drop and I even feel more equipped to expand on these topics in my own circle!

Guilty Privilege

This podcast provides a path to self-awareness in the most refreshing and engaging way. The conversations are so yummy (yes, yummy!) and they make me feel like I’m sitting on the sofa with Amber and her guests.

Guilty Privilege

Great listen/watch. People really underrate how important emotional intelligence is in business. Hopefully more people will listen and utilize some of the information shared.
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