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Her new literary imprint will celebrate the work of new, unagented authors from underrepresented communities
June Sarpong has teamed up with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, to launch a new imprint aimed at promoting and celebrating the work of underrepresented authors without agents. The broadcaster and author wants to give a voice to those with disabilities, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and those from working-class backgrounds.
Sarpong has published three books with HQ, including a new edition of her 2018 non-fiction work, The Power of Women, which was released earlier this month. She wants to provide a platform for authors often ignored, overlooked or unheard. “Over the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to work with Lisa Milton and the HQ family on my own books,” she said. “Their commitment to diversity and inclusion has been unwavering, so I can’t think of a better team to collaborate with on my new publishing imprint.
“It is such an honour to be able to offer a platform for new voices from diverse backgrounds, there are so many stories that are yet to be told from worlds that have so much rich content to offer a mainstream audience,” she added. “I look forward to embarking on this exciting journey to discover this untapped talent.”
HQ executive publisher Lisa Milton said the imprint is aimed at the “many who have not previously felt publishing was open to them”. Applicants don’t need to know anything about publishing in order to work with HQ, but any work submitted can’t have been published in any format. HQ Creative Inclusion Lab is open for submissions now and writers can find details of how to submit at HQCIL.co.uk.