RECAP: Is Mainstream Publishing Best for Native Born Muslim Fiction Authors?

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Two Twitter chats of interest to Muslim writers took place yesterday (February 23, 2017). I’ll be recapping them here in case you missed out.

The first topic was inspired by the “Open Call” for Writers of Muslim Heritage that we have all been discussing for the last few weeks. Immediately some writers wondered what was meant by “Muslim heritage”:

And thus a Twitter chat hosted by Sister Layla Abdullah of @nbamuslims was born!

Five main questions were posed during the chat. Here are some of the highlights:


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Whew! As you can see, this was a worthwhile chat with many interesting perspectives. To see the whole thing, check out the #MuslimFiction hashtag on Twitter.

I’ll be covering the second chat I told you about above in a separate post. The theme of that conversation was “Ask A Muslim Author.” (UPDATE: You can now view the recap here.)

In the meantime, please contribute to the conversation about mainstream publishing by leaving your own thoughts, insights, and comments below.

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