The US-based Sisters In Crime studied diversity, equity and inclusion in the crime-writing community. The research, Report for Change, found that white, non-Hispanic people make up 93 percent of the Sisters-In-Crime membership. This compares to 62 percent of the US population.
The research surveyed some 1,100 members. Only 3 percent of them identify as African-American, and another 1.5 percent as Native American, 1.5 percent Asian and 1 percent Hispanic or Latino.
The report also found that more writers of colour are self-publishing. Only 21 percent of the Sisters In Crime membership who reported having self-published their novel, but 63 percent of writers of colour had self-published.
Sisters in Crime president Leslie Budewitz said: “We recognized that writers of color, LGBT writers, and writers with disabilities face additional obstacles to getting published and finding readers that had not been fully explored.”