I've noticed all around the blogosphere that literary folks are starting to ask the question: Will there be an Obama effect in publishing? Meaning, will Barack Obama's historic presidency make the mainstream publishing industry more interested in Black people's stories? I know many African-American authors are hoping this to be true. (And you can count me in as one of those authors.)
What's interesting is that the same question is being bounced around the Mixed Race literati as well. They too are hoping that, considering Obama's mixed heritage, the publishing industry will be only too eager to hear their stories. "Now is our time," I read on one author's site who claims Black and White ancestry.
What do you think? Will Obama's star shine all the way to the publishing industry? Will the American public demand more stories about colored folks now that there will be a whole family of them living in the White House? Will it be only a call for non-fiction titles that dissect that Black and/or Mixed experience in America or dare we hope that even more fiction titles with colorful characters will be requested by a public more used to seeing a colorful man as the leader of their nation.
Let's keep our fingers crossed, because after all, it is a new day!