Strive Publishing's vision is to be the leading publishing company in providing contemporary African-American stories. We will begin by filling the need for picture books and young adult novels that our children can see themselves in, and will work toward filling the need for African-American adult representation in other genres. Through publishing and illuminating the stories of creativity, wonder, determination, and success of generations of African-Americans, we will help tear down stereotypes and build up bridges that connect to a more diverse publishing industry.
Mary is an elementary school teacher - turned children’s book publisher. Just as Mary felt called to help bring more diversity into the teaching field, she is on a mission to publish more books that uplift and inspire African-American children, young adults, authors, and illustrators.
The name Strive Publishing represents the continuous effort and resiliency it takes to turn dreams into reality. In her teaching career Mary sees first-hand, the need for contemporary picture books and young adult novels for African-Americans. She also knows first-hand, the value in the stories of creativity, wonder, determination, and success of everyday African-Americans. The persistent need for more diverse books, along with the ability to build working relationships with talented African-American community members have compelled Mary to work toward building a book publishing business that illuminates the authentic African-American voice, while working in partnership with African-American authors.
Since founding Strive Publishing in 2016 Mary has positioned her business to work in partnership with a growing list of highly talented African-American authors who are ready to share their stories with the world.
Mary looks forward to sharing more about her story in upcoming blog posts.