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That Looks Like Me! The Importance of Representation in Publishing

Description:  E. Danielle Butler, CEO of EvyDani Books, talks with Alexa about the importance of representation in publishing. 

Format: Video Q&A 

Level: This presentation is for all levels. 

 

E. Danielle Butler

E. Danielle Butler

CEO of EvyDani Books

E. Danielle Butler is a mompreneur with an affinity for writing and the arts. She believes in the power of words and the magic of imagination. Danielle published her first book, Mood Swing: 21 Days to Peace, Joy & Freedom of Mind in 2014. Since then Danielle’s published works have expanded to include the creation of a children’s book series inspired by her own two children, The Adventures of Zoe & Zachary and a devotional for mothers, Thoughts & Prayers for the Postpartum Mom. Danielle is also the founder of EvyDani Books, an independent publishing and communications agency. She has helped support the release of more than a dozen titles and assists independent authors in navigating their PR and marketing journeys.  An acclaimed conversation catalyst, Danielle is recognized as an energetic thought provoker with a passion for sharing knowledge. Through writing and speaking she shares messages of hope, purpose and empowerment. Danielle embraces a personal mission to produce content that provokes change and inspires action. Danielle is a certified personal development coach. With a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Master of Management, she brings a unique perspective to all she approaches. Her professional background includes nearly two decades in performing arts instruction, more than five years as a classroom teacher, and years of nonprofit administration. Danielle resides in Atlanta with her husband and children. When she’s not taking in the sights and sounds around the city, she can be found enjoying great food.

Mentioned in this video:

Danielle’s book, Zoe’s Bun, which she wrote because there were no books at the time, or not enough, about African American girls’ hair.

The importance of having characters in books that look like YOU, especially for children of color.

Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies by Natasha Carlow

The Diversity in Publishing Baseline by Lee & Low

The book I’m Not Dying With You Tonight and how they so accurately portrayed both sides of the story by using white and black co-authors.

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