When Langston Miller was 8, he’d fill page after page with characters that looked like him, and staple those pages together. He was already thinking about a distribution plan for his books. He wanted to see them in Barnes & Noble.
His mother, Victoria Scott-Miller, arranged an excursion to a local store in Raleigh, N.C., to do market research befitting a curious and determined elementary-schooler.
“Let’s see if we can find five books that represent the type of work that you’re doing and represent you as a little Black boy,” she told him. “And let’s see how long it takes us, because we want people to be able to find your books.”