Laine "caves in castles on the hill, roasts the big name publishers (and so called liberal literary magazines as well) and discusses topics that are poisonous for new writers – unless they be young white males (and even there she has pointers that are laugh out loud funny)." Hall of Fame Reviewer

"An eye-opening guide. I was glad Laine wrote this book to expose this mentality. The book was funny and encouraging, even while talking about the brutal truth. Read this book. It will help you understand what you're up against."  S. Clem

"If you’re a reader, read this. If you’re an author, new or old, who is female or black or gay (or minority or LGBT or even a plain ol’ white guy), then you need to read this. This book will take you on a journey that is so rip-roariously funny, so hilariously true." Angel Leya


Lined and unlined journals reproduce the evocative covers from the Travel Photo Art series, the Zen for Life series, and the Wisdom for Life series. Other editions reproduce the cover from Laine's women's travel adventure memoir, her book of essays based on Australian Aboriginal wisdom, and other titles.

The generously sized journals are 8.5 by 8.5. The interior pages are decorated with vintage sketches that alternate in the upper and lower corners. Each two-page spread offers a beautiful place to record your thoughts and draw your art.



Writing While Female or Black or Gay

Go beyond The New Yorker profile of publishing’s biggest con artist and break through the mostly white, middle-to-upper-class gatekeepers.
Don’t let the Dan Mallory scandal kill your publishing dreams. Understand why even Toni Morrison kept quiet about being a writer when she worked as an editor. People of color, women from every background, LGBTQ+ authors, first- and second-generation immigrants, and men who weren’t born into money need to see the inner workings of the industry. Only by knowing how the odds are stacked can they forge a path to success.
Written by a publishing industry insider with twenty years of experience, this work lays out the tough realities while making you laugh at the industry’s absurdity. You will learn actionable steps you can take as a writer, a reader, or a person concerned about equality and diversity to balance the scales.

Laine Cunningham

Sunspots are areas of lower temperatures that appear on the sun's surface. Because of the sun's brilliance, sunspots are not visible to the naked eye. Compare that to the blinding static many publishers use when marketing celebrity rehab stories. The unique and creative get lost. 
Sunspot literary journal was founded to cut through the blinding flashes with fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art that speaks truth to power. The mission is to amplify every voice.
A number of contests are in the works. The first two were announced in January of 2019. Contest winners will be published in special editions, digital, and/or print editions depending on the theme and contest. Cash awards are offered. Submission can be sent through Submittable. ​