Danny Gardner, on Bronzeville
"Racism and colonialism have ensured greater access to publishing institutions for writers who favor the whiter, mainstream, wider end of the social cone. The right to portray is less a matter of correcting depictions and more a matter of recognizing the stakes for authors who do not fit within the visualized white mainstream. Authors who must compete far beyond what’s required to establish and maintain a career need platforms more than those who optically/culturally/socially fit in with American whiteness."
Renee Pickup, on Diversity
"Bronzeville is all about breaking down the dividers. No dividers, no subgroups. Bronzeville is a neighborhood. We all live here together, everyone’s invited to the block party. There’s no sign on the door telling anyone to stay out or come back later."
Sandra Ruttan, on First Steps
"What excited me about joining the team at Bronzeville as the Submissions Editor was our commitment to building a solid foundation underneath a brand rooted in history. Right from the start, Bronzeville infused diversity into the foundation of the company structure."
Meet the Team
Venturing forward with a new start-up in publishing, at a time when much uncertainty prevails, seems like a daunting prospect. Here are some of the folks who have come together to lead publishing into the new era:
Founder & Brand Ambassador
Danny Gardner is the author of the 3-time, Award-nominated debut novel A NEGRO AND AN OFAY. He is a widely considered authority on race and class issues related to crime fiction. He is a sought-after speaker on the academic circuit. He is also a trusted business consultant specializing in brand, content, and product development.
His face and words have been in stuff produced by Hollywood, but he doesn't discuss that when he's being all serious and business-like.
Renee Asher Pickup
Renee Asher Pickup is Bronzeville's first editorial leader, coming on board shortly after the company was founded. She is a Marine Corps vet and mellowed out punk living in Southern California. Renee writes fiction about bad things happening to flawed people, nonfiction that is critical of the status quo, and truly believes From Dusk Till Dawn changed her life. She serves as a member of Shotgun Honey's acquisitions Gauntlet, and she's likely been involved in most of the books you like since 2010 but you'd never know it because she's modest.
Sandra Ruttan and Brian Lindenmuth
Sandra Ruttan had her first newspaper column at the age of 13 and has a background in special education. She's traveled to more than 2 dozen countries, has had 6 books published to date, and was the original founder and editor of Spinetingler Magazine. Sandra may be the team's designated Oscar the Grouch, but she collects teddy bears and cries at Canadian Tire commercials.
Brian Lindenmuth has been writing about crime fiction since 2006. He started off as the mystery/crime fiction editor for Mystery Book Spot and was the longtime non-fiction editor of Spinetingler Magazine. Additionally, his work has appeared in Crimespree Magazine, Heliotrope Magazine, BSC Review, Mulholland Books website, and Galley Cat. He was the head of the reading committee for the annual Spinetingler Awards. The eyebrows are real, and they're spectacular.
Are you a writer?
Read through our submissions policies and guidelines to find out how you may find a home in Bronzeville.