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Some Exciting Fall Updates and the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference!

2014-09-17T11:43:44.074-07:00

As I encourage you to once again to sign up for the fast-approaching Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference on September 27th, I would like to share some news for fall, in part, to offer an incentive by showing you some of the many wonderful things that can happen to writers when they share their works with others and take that all-important step toward turning their writing passion into a career.Here are some updates from my clients, who, for the most part, are being published for the first time:Debut picture book author Katheryn Russell-Brown's LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE (Lee and Low) has received three starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal since its publication this September! The book has also just been listed among The Huffington Post's "50 New Picture Books for Fall 2014" and received accolades from the NY Journal of Books and The Horn Book's "Calling Caldecott" blog! I'm very excited for Katheryn, who, on a recent interview for The Brown Bookshelf, shared her book's "Back Story," a piece that offers a nice glimpse into how books get published these days. To learn more about this fabulous book and its author, visit Katheryn's website. The amazing ballerina and star of the ballet documentary FIRST POSITION, Michaela DePrince's memoir TAKING FLIGHT: FROM WAR ORPHAN TO STAR BALLERINA and its Step Into Reading companion BALLERINA DREAMS (both from Knopf and co-written with her mother, Elaine DePrince), will debut in the US on October 14th. The memoir has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and received quite a bit of online buzz.  The Dutch edition just launched in Michaela's current home city of Amsterdam on September 13th at the Dutch National Ballet's Annual Gala event to celebrate the opening of company's  2014-2015 season. Posters promoting TAKING FLIGHT can now be seen all over Amsterdam, I am told! The Dutch is one of TEN upcoming editions of the memoir to be published worldwide. A very exciting time for another debut author! For more about Michaela, and her books, visit her website.Eric Pierpoint, whom you may know from his other gig as an actor and his  roles in Park and Recreation and Heart of Dixie among many others, is also a very talented children's book writer! His debut historical fiction adventure THE LAST RIDE OF CALEB O'TOOLE (Sourcebooks) received the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association's "Reading the West Award" in the Children's category this summer! Read an interview with Eric about his inspiration for writing the book, and a sneak peek at his next one! For more information about Eric and his books, visit his website. And speaking of awards, debut children's author Angela Cervantes won her first one this year for her funny, heartwarming middle grade novel, GABY, LOST AND FOUND (Scholastic). Angela and Gaby won First Place in the Chapter Book category at this year's International Latino Book Awards, presented at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, this summer. I'm happy to report that Angela is also working on her second book with Scholastic! For more information about Angela and her books, visit the author's website.Petit Collage founder Lorena Siminovich's YOU ARE MY BABY: GARDEN (Chronicle) two-in-one board has just been listed among Parenting.com's "24 Best Baby Books of All Time!" While Lorena is a veteran illustrator with many books under her belt, You Are My Baby is the first board book series that she writes AND illustrates! Look for many more books in the YOU ARE MY BABY series, and another darling series of board books coming from Lorena and Chronicle in 2016!I feel very fortunate to work with such talented folks and overjoyed about their success. I hope that they inspire you as much as they inspire me every day. And of course, I hope that this will provide the little extra push you need to join our conference on September 27th. I'd love to meet more talented folks whose work I can display on another post next year! [...]



The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference is on September 27th! Register now!

2014-09-05T07:45:06.949-07:00

So proud to share the information for this year's conference! It's hard to believe that it's already our third! This is truly a labor of love for all involved, including this year's fabulous keynote speaker! Come join us at the only conference that focuses on helping Latino writers get published! You won't regret it! —AdrianaLas Comadres para las Americas – in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, CUNY: National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department, and ALAS–Association for Latin American Studies – present:3rd ANNUAL COMADRES & COMPADRES LATINO WRITERS CONFERENCESaturday, September 27, 2014, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York Keynote Speaker: Esmeralda Santiago New York Times best-selling author of Conquistadora (Knopf, 2011) and the contemporary classic memoir: When I Was Puerto Rican. The 3nd Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, taking place at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino books. Panels cover a wide range of topics including Craft Workshop for Adult and Children’s Books, Fiction and Non-Fiction, Writing for Children and Young Adults, and Self Publishing.REGISTER TODAY!www.CountOnMeBook.com/latino-writers-conferenceFor an additional fee, meet with an agent or editor! During the one-on-one session, you will receive valuable verbal feedback on your writing and its potential in the current publishing landscape. Questions? Please contact Nora Comstock at noracomstockphd@lascomadres.orgSPONSORS: Scholastic, Association of American Publishers, The Center for Black Literature, Adriana Dominguez, Medgar Evers College (The City University of New York), Marcela Landres, Latino Print Network[...]



Las Comadres Receives the National Book Foundation's 2014 "Innovations in Reading Prize"!

2014-05-08T10:59:45.342-07:00

(image) Las Comadres para Las Americas and its CEO Nora Comstock, author of COUNT OF ME: TALES OF SISTERHOODS AND FIERCE FRIENDSHIPS (Atria), is one of 2014's recipients of the National Book Foundations' "Innovations in Reading Prize," for their work to highlight and actively participate in the promotion of written works by Latino authors.

Says the organization: "At Las Comadres para las Americas, our primary focus is to connect Latinas around the world in many different ways! Currently the programming for the approximately 20,000 members in over 85 cities is mostly in the U.S. Las Comadres members meet monthly in face-to-face gatherings in many of the network cities. Daily email messaging provides members with information about local, regional, or national events relating to book readings, performances, health and other gatherings, as well as job and other opportunities both local and national.

Major emphasis is placed on Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and Teleconference Series, which offer a wide range of literary activities for our approximately 1,500 book club members in more than eighteen cities. National Latino Book Club members participate in book discussions at book stores in different cities. A teleconference with the author of the Book Club’s selected book takes place on the last Monday of each month. These activities provide exposure for many Latino authors striving to be recognized. In addition to supporting our National Latino Book Club and Teleconference series, Las Comadres recently published a Las Comadres authored anthology, Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships (Atria), edited by Adriana V. Lopez. We also organize a yearly Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, which was cofounded by Las Comadres, Adriana Dominguez, and Marcela Landres and cosponsored with the Association of American Publishers and Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY. Now entering its third year, the writers’ conference is scheduled for September 27, 2014."

To learn more about the prize, visit the National Book Foundation's website. Click here to learn more about Las Comadres, their book, the upcoming Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, and more. Join us!



#WeNeedDiverseBooks Suggested Reading List

2014-05-01T11:07:44.873-07:00

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag continues to top Twitter's "Trending" list today! It's a very exciting time for those of us who care about diverse books and have been plugging away at this for a long time. Our kids need this, we need this as a society, so that our books can be a true reflection of our culture.So if you have not yet joined the campaign, there is still time! Here is the information. And please remember that one of the most important aspects of it is to follow words with action: On Saturday, May 3rd, run out and buy a book written by a Latino, or two, or three, or five! And if you can't afford even one, check one out of the library, or tell your librarian if the book you seek is not available. Whatever steps you can take to increase diversity in the marketplace will be joined by those of many others, and if each of us does something, we could potentially change the publishing landscape. My little one and I will definitely be visiting our local bookstore (and library) this weekend! I've said it before and I'll say it again: Reading is the best gift that we can give our kids; and putting a book in their hands that somehow speaks to them directly is the best way to empower them to use their own voices when the time comes for them to do so, as children, and adults. So here are some Latino books you should know to get your started on your diverse books shopping list, in addition to the ones I listed in yesterday's post. These are some of my personal favorites, and the list is by no means exhaustive, so please free to add to it in the comments section below. We want as many books by Latino authors to get noticed (and purchased) as possible! Happy Reading![...]



Diversity in Children's Books Tops Twitter Trends!

2014-05-01T11:05:55.938-07:00

I am stunned to see that the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks is trending on Twitter today—in the #1 spot! A day early from the "official" beginning of a campaign to raise awareness! This is probably the most attention that Diverse Literature has received from mainstream READERS and book lovers, even as mainstream media begins to cover the issue a little more. As someone who has been working with diverse books and authors for a very long time, I am beyond happy to see what is happening today! And I encourage you to participate on this campaign! Here's how:Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about diversity, there is still a disconnect. BEA’s Bookcon recently announced an all-white-male panel of “luminaries of children’s literature,” and when we pointed out the lack of diversity, nothing changed. Now is the time to raise our voices into a roar that can’t be ignored. Here’s how: On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. We’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral. For the visual part of the campaign:  Take a photo holding a sign that says “We need diverse books because ___________________________.” Fill in the blank with an important, poignant, funny, and/or personal reason why this campaign is important to you. The photo can be of you or a friend or anyone who wants to support diversity in kids’ lit. It can be a photo of the sign without you if you would prefer not to be in a picture. Be as creative as you want! Pose the sign with your favorite stuffed animal or at your favorite library. Get a bunch of friends to hold a bunch of signs. However you want to do it, we want to share it! There will be a Tumblr at http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/ that will host all of the photos and messages for the campaign. Please submit your visual component by May 1st to weneeddiversebooks@yahoo.com with the subject line “photo” or submit it right on our Tumblr page here and it will be posted throughout the first day. Starting at 1:00PM (EST) the Tumblr will start posting and it will be your job to reblog, tweet, Facebook, or share wherever you think will help get the word out. The intent is that from 1pm EST to 3pm EST, there will be a nonstop hashtag party to spread the word. We hope that we’ll get enough people to participate to make the hashtag trend and grab the notice of more media outlets.The Tumblr will continue to be active throughout the length of the campaign, and for however long we need to keep this discussion going, so we welcome everyone to keep emailing or sending in submissions even after May 1st. On May 2nd, the second part of our campaign will roll out with a Twitter chat scheduled for 2pm (EST) using the same hashtag. Please use #WeNeedDiverseBooks at 2pm on May 2nd and share your thoughts on the issues with diversity in literature and why diversity matters to you. On May 3rd, 2pm (EST), the third portion of our campaign will begin. There will be a Diversify Your Shelves initiative to encourage people to put their money where their mouth is and buy diverse books and take photos of them. Diversify Your Shelves is all about actively seeking out diverse literature in bookstores and libraries, and there will be some fantastic giveaways for people who participate in the campaign! We hope that you will take part in this in any way you can. We need to spread the word far and wide so that it will trend on Twitte[...]



The Distance Between Us is the "One Maryland, One Book" selection for 2014, and more!

2014-02-27T09:49:16.444-08:00

Big congratulations to Reyna Grande! This week, the Maryland Humanities Council announced that her memoir, The Distance Between Us, is the 2014 One Maryland One Book selection! The "One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book."  Reyna will be doing several talks throughout the state in late September.  The Distance Between Us has also been chosen for the One Book/One Community program in Farmington, NM. "The purpose of 'One Book/One Community' is to encourage interested people in San Juan College and the surrounding communities to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings." Reyna will be visiting the area in October.  This month, Reyna will be visiting Grand Valley State University as part of the Community Reading Project 2014 events related to The Distance Between Us, and Monroe County, which selected her memoir for its One Book/One Community of Monroe County, 2014.  For a full listing of Reyna's upcoming events, or more information about her books, visit her website.  [...]



Literary Agents Discuss the Diversity Gap in Publishing

2013-11-06T13:59:18.917-08:00

As promised, I am sharing my various writings on the Internet here. This particular discussion is an important one, since—as Jason Low so eloquently puts it—agents are now, more than ever, the "gatekeepers" of the publishing industry. Enjoy, comment, and please share and discuss!


Literary Agents Discuss the Diversity Gap in Publishing
Literary agents make up a big part of the publishing machine. Most publishers no longer consider unsolicited submissions, so an agent is a must if you even want to get your foot in the door. Each year, agents review many promising manuscripts and portfolios so it is safe to say they have a good sense of who makes up the talent pool of children’s book publishing. So what kind of diversity are agents seeing? Being that the number of diverse books has not increased in the last eighteen years, in order to understand why this problem persists we decided to ask the gatekeepers.

Adriana DomínguezAdriana Domínguez is an agent at Full Circle Literary, a boutique literary agency based in San Diego and New York City, offering a unique full circle approach to literary representation. The agency’s experience in book publishing includes editorial, marketing, publicity, legal, and rights, and is used to help build authors one step at a time. Full Circle works with both veteran and debut writers and artists, and has a knack for finding and developing new and diverse talent.

Karen GrencikAbigail  SamounKaren Grencik and Abigail Samoun own Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency representing children’s book authors and illustrators. They offer a dazzling array of talents among their roster of clients, including New York Times and Time magazine Best Book winners, and some of the most promising up-and-coming talents working in the field today. The agency is closed to unsolicited submissions but it does accept queries from attendees at conferences where they present or through industry referrals.

Lori NowickiLori Nowicki is founder of Painted Words, a literary agency that represents illustrators and authors in the children’s publishing marketplace and beyond. Their goal is to provide the utmost in representation for illustrators and writers while placing a unique emphasis on developing characters, books, and licensed properties.

Do you receive many submissions from authors and illustrators of color? Overall, what percentage of authors and illustrators who submit to you are people of color? Note: Estimations are fine.

AD/Full Circle: I honestly wouldn’t know about percentages, but our agency receives a good number of submissions from authors of color. Proportionally, our agency represents more authors of color than most others. Authors and illustrators who are familiar with our work and/or visit our website know that we welcome diverse points of view, and see that diversity represented in our client list. I will say that I have personally felt for a very long time that there are simply not enough illustrators of color in the marketplace, and I am not quite sure why that is. I am usually very enthusiastic when I receive a query from a talented author/illustrator of color—I wish we received more of those! As a general rule, our agency represents illustrators who are also writers, and such people are difficult to find under any circumstances, as not everyone is equally good at both.

Click here to read the rest of this important discussion.



My Latest Mamiverse Editorial and the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference This Weekend!

2013-10-03T08:36:52.817-07:00

As promised, I plan on sharing all of my various writings and endeavors here, in the hopes that they will help authors, educators and readers find information on a variety of topics related to Latino literature. It's Hispanic Heritage Month! And I am personally celebrating by doing more of the same: promoting Latino literature and helping Latino authors get published! Here is my latest editorial for mamiverse, with my list of recommended titles to help you celebrate: Children’s Books to Help You Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Adriana Dominguez  10/3/2013 Each year, from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month offers all Americans the opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Latinos in the U.S. These dates were not chosen randomly; September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18 respectively, and Columbus Day or El Día de la Raza, helps to close the festivities on October 12, as we celebrate Latinos with parades and events held throughout the country.Read Related: Heroes & Great Books to Help Kids Celebrate Hispanic Heritage MonthI can think of no better way to share our culture than through books! Here are some of my personal favorites to share Latino achievements with our children and their friends, teachers and caregivers. I hope that you will make them part of your own library!Monica Brown’s Bilingual BiographiesOver the years, Monica Brown has made a name for herself as the premier bilingual picture book biographer for kids, by writing engaging books that entertain as they teach—in English and Spanish! Her subjects hail from different countries in Latin America and the US, and include Nobel Prize winning authors Gabriela Mistral (My Name is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela, Luna Rising), Gabriel García Márquez (My Name is Gabito/Me llamo Gabito, Rising Moon) and Pablo Neruda (Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, Holt—note that this title is available in English only), soccer legend Pelé (Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, el rey del fútbol, Rayo), and Latinos who made a significant impact on US culture and society, such as Tito Puente (Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo, Rayo), Celia Cruz (My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia, Rising Moon), and César Chávez and Dolores Huerta (Side by Side/Lado a Lado, Rayo). You simply can’t go wrong if you pick up one of Brown’s picture book biographies to celebrate Latinos with your child!Click here to read the rest of the article.  And don't forget that this Saturday is our Second Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference!  Last year, three of our attendees secured agents, and one has already signed a book deal! It is not too late to register! Participants currently include: Erin Clarke, Executive Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; Adriana Dominguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary; Sulay Hernandez, Senior Editor, Other Press; Toni Kirkpatrick, Editor, Thomas Dunne Books; Andrea Montejo, Agent, Indent Literary Agency; Lukas Ortiz, Managing Agent, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, Inc.; Jeff Ourvan, Agent, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency; Johnny Temple, Publisher, Akashic; and Stacy Whitman, Publisher, Tu BooksThis year’s keynote speaker is Reyna Grande, a National Book Circle Critics Award finalist and winner of the American Book Award and International Latino Book Award.Take a look at some of our testimonials!“I’m a huge fan of this conference! I went last year and loved being able to connect with other Latina writers, and with local editors who were seeking freelance work (as well as editors who encouraged us to submit to their literary journals). I pitched my book project to two ag[...]



Book Launch and Panel on How to Get Published at La Casa Azul Bookstore in NYC this Week!

2013-09-17T22:02:10.631-07:00

Come join us on Thursday, September 19th for the launch of MAÑANA MEANS HEAVEN, Tim Z. Hernandez's latest novel, which the LA Review of Books calls "well researched and exceptionally executed."


And if you are an aspiring author, join us again on Saturday the 21st for our workshop for writers titled "How to Impress Agents and Editors." Here is a brief description:
                                                                                   
Do you have a book idea and don't know where to begin? Have you submitted to agents and editors and don't understand why your work is rejected?  Are you a published author and are confused by the industry? Cofounders of the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference and Count on Me author Nora Comstock, literary agent Adriana Dominguez, and editorial consultant Marcela Landres will share essential steps to take--and missteps to avoid.

For more information on both of these events, visit La Casa Azul's website.

Hope to see you in New York! —Adriana




CBC Diversity: Guest Post By Angela Cervantes

2013-08-28T07:21:26.804-07:00

Here's a thought-provoking post on becoming a Latina author by one of my clients, written for the Children Book Council's "Diversity Blog" (which, if you are a writer of color writing for children, you should really check out). Enjoy, and share your thoughts with us, here, or there! We really do want to keep the conversation going! Tuesday, August 13, 2013Finding Diversity and My Voice with a Flashlight and a Pen Guest post by author Angela CervantesI am an original flashlight girl. You know the type. Hours after parents called for bedtime; I was still up under my bedcovers with a flashlight reading a favorite book. Many times, those books under the covers with me were the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books. The fact that the heroines of these books were white and I was Mexican American didn't stop me from enjoying these books and rereading them several times. However, the more I fell in love with reading the more I questioned why there weren’t books like these with Latino characters. At the time, I remember thinking of all the girls in my neighborhood who were just as funny, spunky and adventurous as Ramona, Lucy and Laura. Surely there were books about them out there, right? Not so much. As a child, I often sat in front of a bookshelf in the children’s section of the public library and searched for books with characters and authors that had last names like mine. Latino last names like Gomez, Ortiz, Zuniga... but I didn’t find those books. At school, I asked my fifth grade teacher, Sister Judy, to help me find books “about girls like me,” but she couldn’t find any either. She must have apologized to me a hundred times for that. Twenty some years later, a lot has been said about the disparity of Latino characters or diversity in children literature. There’s been a well-known New York Times article, “For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing” by Motoko Rich and a probing blog by Jason Low: “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?”. With all this insight as a call to arms for diversity, I’m not sure that I have much to add to the discussion. All I can offer is my own humble experience as a Latina child with a flashlight who grew up to be a children’s author. I decided a long time ago, when I used to stare at bookshelves in the public library, that I was going to be a writer. It was as if those bookshelves were my Mount Sinai. I had received a spiritual calling to go to my comunidad with pen, notebook and an honest heart and bring back stories. As I set forth to write my first middle grade novel four years ago, I knew I would write about my neighborhood, mi familia, and my world. Even though I had heard a rumor from other writers that publishers didn’t publish Latino authors, it never dawned on me to write about anything else. I had a flashlight and lots of passion. I refused to be discouraged. Today, I’m a debut author whose first book, Gaby, Lost and Found (Scholastic, 2013) is about a modern, bilingual Latina heroine who won’t stop in her quest to find shelter animals a forever home even as her own family life unravels. It turns out that the lack of diversity in children’s books, although disheartening to me as a child, had motivated me as an adult to create change. And I’m not alone. I’ve read interviews of authors like Malín Alegria (Border Town teen series) and Diana Lopez (Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel) who have expressed the same experience and responded with great books. The way I see it, children’s stories featuring Latino main characters are worth telling and NOT just because census data tells us that the Latino population is the second largest ethnic gr[...]



Mamiverse.com’s Summer Reading List

2013-08-21T09:33:53.941-07:00

I put this list together for mamiverse.com earlier this summer and decided to share here as it contains some of my favorite Latino-interest children's books published recently. You can't go wrong if you buy any one of these books for the children in your life. And if you are an aspiring children's author, here are some of the books you want to pick up for your research into what is being published successfully these days. Remember that you have to read before you can write! Enjoy!—Adriana  by Adriana Dominguez | 06/27/2013 inShare1  Creating “reading lists” is a time-honored tradition in the world of book reviewing—there are “back-to-school” lists, lists that celebrate particular holidays, and of course, the ubiquitous “summer reading list.” After more than 15 years in the children’s book industry and many years as a professional book reviewer, I’ve put together a list or two. So I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites with Mamiverse readers, sure to make for great summer reads for your kids of all ages.Whether you are looking for baby shower gifts this summer, welcoming your own little one with the help of his or her budding library, or looking for ways to keep your school-aged kids occupied and interested in reading during these months when they are out of school, here are some wonderful books that include the added benefit of celebrating our culture and language. For this list, I decided to include as many of the newer Latino-interest titles as possible to give those books another opportunity to catch the eyes of readers, and to help our mamis and their children keep up with what is currently being published. So you will find no classics here—though I’d be willing to bet that this list includes some future classics! And of course, some of the books, with their mentions of “paletas” or “public pools,” just scream “summer” to me! All of the titles on this list are excellent and certainly worth your kids’ time—and yours, because many of them are being enjoyed by adults as well as kids! BOARD BOOKS (Ages 0-3)La casa adormecida/The Napping House by Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood and Es hora de dormir/Time for Bed by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Jane Dyer While the original English editions of these two books are considered modern classics, their bilingual formats, brilliantly translated by award-winning authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, are brand-spanking new! The rhyming Spanish is just as appealing and engaging as the original English—a rare feat—making these two perfect choices for bilingual bedtime reading.You Are My Baby Series Written and Illustrated by Lorena Siminovich An innovative format that enables toddlers to “read” the smaller version of the books along with their caregivers and charming artwork makes this series a winner and these little darlings the perfect baby shower gift!Get the full list at mamiverse.com [...]



I'm Back! (and) Our 2nd Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference!

2013-08-15T09:39:13.697-07:00

Dear VOCES Readers:I  know that I've been on a bit of a hiatus from this blog for a while, okay a long while! During that time, I have been mostly working for my clients (many of whom are fabulous Latino authors), and writing for various other folks. I have been working on a Book Reviews section I launched last summer for mamiverse.com, where I post regularly on all things related to Latino children's books. I also blog for the agency where I work, mostly about happenings related to my clients. I've contributed posts to many other sites as well, such as the CBC Diversity Blog, where I shared my story of how I got into publishing, and others. So, although it may seem as though I don't blog very much anymore, the opposite is in fact true! I blog all the time, just not here! Because I do so many different things, I do think that it is high time that I return to this, my original blog—the only one that actually belongs to me—and share some of what I do with the readers who so often reach out to me from here. Over the coming weeks and months, I will make an attempt to double post everything I post elsewhere, making this the main contact and source of news from me, as it was meant to be from the beginning. On occasion, I may also write blogs that are exclusive to this site and offer my unfiltered personal perspective. On this last point, I want to express exactly how proud I am to announce our second Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference in New York City, coming up this October 5th. If you are Latino and serious about writing, please join us, registration is still open. I can truly say that everyone who participates—not just the organizers, but also all of the agents, editors and authors joining us—truly care about helping Latinos writers navigate the complex and sometimes baffling world of publishing, and to give them the tools necessary to become successfully published authors. Our biggest endorsements this year are coming from last year's attendees! What more can I say? Here is more detailed information about this not-to-be-missed event: Las Comadres to Host 2nd Annual Latino Writers ConferenceDay-Long Event to Offer Access and Guidance from Publishing InsidersLas Comadres Para Las Americas, the national Latina organization, will present a day-long conference on October 5 for Latino writers seeking book publication.The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference will be held at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn. Joining La Comadres as collaborators are AT&T, Scholastic, the National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department and the Latino American Association, Adriana Dominguez, and Marcela Landres, with support from the Association of American Publishers.The conference will help attendees navigate the challenges and opportunities specific to Latino writers. Scheduled panels will focus on poetry, marketing/publicity, children’s/young adult writing, self-publishing, fiction, and non-fiction as well as craft workshops for adult and children’s books. Two of the more popular sessions are a pitch slam and an agents/editors panel. In addition, writers will have the option to meet one-on-one with agents and editors.Participants currently include: Erin Clarke, Executive Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; Adriana Dominguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary; Sulay Hernandez, Senior Editor, Other Press; Toni Kirkpatrick, Editor, Thomas Dunne Books; Nancy Mercado, Executive Editor, Roaring Brook Press; Andrea Montejo, Agent, Indent Literary Agency; Lukas Ortiz, Managing Agent, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, Inc.; Jeff Ourvan, Agent, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency; Diane Stockwell, Agent, Globo Libros Literary[...]



Las Comadres to Host October Conference for Latino Writers

2012-07-31T16:44:12.405-07:00

Day-Long Event to Offer Experts, Insight into Publishing Industry OpportunitiesPlease join Las Comadres Para Las Americas, the national Latina organization, as we present a day-long conference on October 6 for Latino writers seeking more access into the publishing industry!Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference will be held at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn.  Joining La Comadres as collaborators are the National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department and the Latino American Association, Full Circle Literary, Marcela Landres, and Scholastic, with support from the Association of American Publishers.Through the workshops, panels and other sessions, writers will gain an insider’s perspective into how to best navigate the challenges and opportunities of the industry.  A highlight of the day will be a full schedule of one-on-one meetings for writers with agents and editors.  Participants currently include Johanna Castillo, Vice President & Senior Editor/Atria, Simon & Schuster: Jaime de Pablos, Director/Vintage Español, Knopf Doubleday Group; Adriana Dominguez, Agent/Full Circle Literary; Mercedes Fernandez, Assistant Editor/Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing; Sulay Hernandez, Editor/Other Press; Cheryl Klein, Executive Editor/Arthur A. Levine Books; Selina L. McLemore, Senior Editor/Grand Central Publishing; Christina Morgan, Editor/Harcourt Houghton Mifflin; Lukas Ortiz, Managing Director/Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, Inc.;  Diane Stockwell, Founder/Globo Libros Literary Management; and Stacy Whitman, Founder and Editorial Director/Tu Books.Scheduled panels will examine magazines and literary journals, genres, poetry, children’s/young adult writing, fiction, non-fiction, publicity and self-publishing.  There will also be a session for authors to pitch their work and get instant feedback as well as an agents/editors panel.     Keynote speaker is author and television personality Sonia Manzano.  Having originated the role of “Maria” on Sesame Street, Manzano wrote two children’s books, No Dogs Allowed (Simon and Schuster, 2004) and A Box Full of Kittens (Simon and Schuster, 2007), and will have her first YA novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, published by Scholastic in Fall 2012.Registration for writers and vendors is now open for the conference.Las Comadres is a nationwide grassroots-based group of Latinas launched informally in 2000 in Austin, TX. The national networks, created in 2003, have grown to over 100 US cities. Its 15,000 strong membership keeps Latinas connected via email networks, teleconferences, and monthly potluck events in individual cities.  In conjunction with the Association of American Publishers, it sponsors a national book club promoting the work of Latino authors and encouraging literacy.  The National Latino Book Club is currently celebrating its fourth year.[...]



Join Me in Colorado Next Month!

2012-02-15T13:48:17.780-08:00

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What: 2012 Northern Colorado Writers Conference
When: March 30-31, 2012
Where: Fort Collins Hilton, Fort. Collins, CO.

In its seventh year, the Northern Colorado Writers Conference is the premiere writers conference in the region bringing in agents, editors and presenters from all over the county. The conference will share how you should take risks in your writing and find that path that is unique to you. Writing is an adventure with lots of ups and downs and forks in the road, but in the end, it is a journey to be enjoyed. The conference caters to writers of all level and genres by offering over 25 workshop choices. Plus there will be agent/editor pitch sessions, a bookstore and networking opportunities. Participants will walk away inspired and equipped with the tools needed to ensure writing success. Conference fee includes all meals, workshops, pitch sessions, and a preconference workshop on March 10. Visit http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com for more information.

If you can make it, join me! I would love to meet you in person! I am seeking writing and illustrating talent (Latino and otherwise) to add to my client list, and I don't go to as many conferences as I would like to, so please help me take advantage of this opportunity by coming if you can, or by spreading the word! See you in Colorado!



Creative Writing Workshop with Award-Winning Author, Reyna Grande

2011-10-19T13:23:07.947-07:00

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Full disclosure: Reyna Grande is one of my clients! Having said that, I think that this writing workshop with this award-winning author—whom, I also happen to know is exacting in the way she approaches her craft, and extremely generous with others—represents a fantastic opportunity for aspiring authors. The fact that the tuition is so affordable only adds to this workshop's appeal in my mind, so I just had to share, which is why I asked Reyna to send me the details and here they are:

What: Creative Writing Workshop with Award-Winning Author, Reyna Grande.
When: 4 Tuesdays, Nov. 1 to Nov. 22 @6:30pm
Where: Private residence, East Whittier (Los Angeles County)
Who: Anyone who is looking for a supportive environment, guidance, and encouragement.
How Much: $100.00 for four sessions

Contact Reyna Grande at reynagrande@gmail.com for more information about the classes. If you are working on a fiction or creative non-fiction project and are looking for feedback on your work, and/or would like to learn more about the craft of writing, then this class is for you! Space is limited!

About the Author:
Reyna Grande is the author of Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria), which received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlan Literary Award, and a Latino Books Into Movies Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Atria) was the recipient of a Latino Book Award. She is a sought-after speaker, educator, and event organizer. Visit her website at www.reynagrande.com



Help Found a Latino Bookstore in NYC's El Barrio!

2011-10-11T10:51:51.376-07:00

I know that I have not posted in a while, and I apologize that my first post in some time comes with a request. But in fact, it is the importance of this request that has inspired me to get back to blogging, despite a packed schedule.

I just funded 'La Casa Azul Bookstore' on IndieGoGo. There is a video on the site that makes the case for this cause better than I ever could, and I encourage you to take a look. Aurora is a hard worker, to say the least, and I know that she will make this East Harlem LATINO bookstore just fabulous! I know that times are tough, but this is an important project for all of us who care so much about Latino literature. More distribution of our books means more readers, means more quality books written by Latino authors. We are all connected.

Check out the video, and contribute if you can, here:

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And whether you contribute or not, please let others know about this campaign. Aurora is on a tight deadline; she has exactly two weeks from today to raise a total of $40,000. Why? Because if she does, an anonymous contributor will match that amount, dollar for dollar, and make her dream of opening a Latino Bookstore in East Harlem possible!



Join Me at the 2011 National Latino Writers Conference!

2011-04-22T06:48:31.680-07:00

This truly is one of my favorite writers conferences. If you are a Latino writer and only attend one conference this year, I would suggest that this one should be it! I do hope I get to meet some of my readers there if you can make it. I will be participating on a panel and critiquing participants' work one on one. There are editors in attendance as well, so this conference represents a wonderful opportunity for those starting out to get some face to face time with folks in the industry. And the environment is friendly and supportive to boot! Registration is open for just a little while longer, so if interested, click on the image below and follow the instructions therein. See you in New Mexico! —Adriana

Note: Missing from the poster's list of editors is Selina McLemore from Grand Central Publishing. She was added later, and I do not have that version of the poster in the necessary format. But now you know!


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Blog Tour for Grandma's Chocolate/El chocolate de Abuelita

2010-11-22T16:27:48.088-08:00

Writing Historical Fiction for Childrenby Mara PriceGrandma’s Chocolate came about as a result of my childhood memories, and my curiosity about one of the great contributions of pre-Columbian America: delicious chocolate! I have many happy memories of being in my own grandmother’s kitchen, drinking chocolate and listening to stories about her childhood and the things she lived through. One of my passions has always been the history and archaeology of Mesoamerica. I wanted to know more about the origin and use of chocolate, and how it tied in with the ancient cultures. Thus, I started by giving myself the task of reading everything I could find on those subjects. Looking back on my process, I think that the following questions might help new writers in the development of a work of historical fiction for children: Can my story be entertaining, and at the same time, carry a valuable message for children? Will historical elements in my story make it different from others conveying similar messages?Is it feasible to frame the message within a historical context, or to provide bits of historical information throughout the narrative?How much historical information is appropriate to include for the age range of the children who will read it?Do I have enough sustaining passion for the concept to lead me through my research on the topic, and throughout the entire writing process? On Research: Read as much as you can, and your reading will show you the way the story can be developed. Have several initial questions to pursue, but be open to letting the information and the connections guide you. There are many wonderful surprises to be found while doing this kind of research, and discoveries in archeology and history are continuously being made. Don’t be afraid to ask. Primary sources are always the best. On several occasions, I contacted anthropologists and historians to get clarity on specific points. Some—though not all—were eager to help, and responded generously with new information. Some challenges you might encounter during your research: In my research on the pre-Columbian era, I was surprised to find how sparse the information, and how disparate the sources are on the topic. I also found large gaps of knowledge, frequent contradictions, and heated debates among scholars. An example of this is the seemingly easy question of why so many magnificent Mayan cities were abandoned virtually overnight, without clear indications of what happened, or where the people went. Researchers and academics still can’t agree on the answer. On Writing: I hope that your story is important enough to you to motivate you to get up every morning and start working; to look forward to your research and writing, and later, move you to keep up your blog and website, do book signings, presentations, workshops, and other promotional activities to give your book the best possible chance at success. The luckiest people have a job that doesn’t feel like work. This story has been that and more for me. —Mara. This is the last stop of Mara Price's blog tour for Grandma's Chocolate/El chocolate de Abuelita. Please leave your comments below, as the author will give away a signed copy of the book to a reader of VOCES! At least four comments are needed within the next week to be eligible for Mara’s giveaway. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck, and we hope that you enjoyed the tour!Check out Mara’s schedule or find more information about her at he[...]



I WILL SAVE YOU by Matt de la Peña

2010-10-24T18:18:59.889-07:00

One of my favorite Latino authors writing for young adults sent out a note a few days ago announcing the release of his latest novel, I Will Save You. Along with the note came what he called a "bizarre" letter that he wrote to potential readers and posted on his blog. Of course, I had to read the letter! Anyone who knows Matt will tell you that it is a good representation of who he is, and what he writes. I don't doubt that this actually happened to him, nor that he would be so thoughtful as to return the frog king to his rightful place in the world. I am sharing the letter with you in the hopes that it fulfills its intent and inspires you to pick up Matt's book. I can't wait to read it myself. If it's anything like his others, I know I won't be sorry. —AdrianaDear Potential Reader:This past Sunday I was playing ball in Brooklyn. A bunch of guys like me, older now, still trying to get to the rim or drain jumpers from the corner. At one point the ball rolled out of bounds and two dudes disagreed about who touched it last. Others joined in. Fingers were pointed. Things were said about people’s mothers. I stood back and watched the argument build and thought about the absurdity of our lives. All of us dressed up, dressed down, trying to be somebody, hoping they say good things when we’re not in the room. Like me, standing at half court all stressed out, wondering: Will anybody like my new book, I WILL SAVE YOU? It’s sad. Maybe people don’t like sad books. I like sad books, but I like sad everything – though technically I’m not a sad person.Eventually the argument died down and we finished the game. But when I got home I was still stressed about my new book. And whether or not it would find a home. And then, for whatever reason, I thought back to a strange time in my life involving a porcelain frog . . .When I was in grad school I was invited to a professor’s house to hear poet Tess Gallagher speak about her deceased husband, Raymond Carver. I was a first year MFA student in creative writing, and Carver was my favorite, so I was hyped. Before the event a few classmates and I stopped by the liquor store for bottles of wine and one of the girls called out to me from the passenger side window, “Hey Matt, grab a Pinot.”“A what?” I said, turning around.“A Pinot.” She frowned. “Pinot Noir?”I waved her off and cruised in the store all ignorant. Back then there was no Pinot in my world. There was no Merlot or Chardonnay. There was simply red or white. I opted for the cheapest white, the cashier bagged it, I hopped back in the car and we zipped over to my prof’s house over an hour late.The house was crowded, and when we walked in Mrs. Gallagher was already speaking so I snuck off to the back of the room, near the refreshments table. I listened to her talk for a few minutes, about Carver’s work space and his favorite writing jacket, but my mind quickly drifted. How did I get here? All the way to grad school. This fancy house listening to an actual published writer. I considered these things and drank the wine I brought. Cup after cup of it.Halfway into the Q&A I realized I’d finished the entire bottle. And I was hammered. And I really had to pee. I put down my cup and made my way to the bathroom.I locked the door behind me and then stood there, in front of the toilet, taking in the place: framed paintings on the walls, scented candles, fake tulips, potted cacti, and a small porcelain frog wearing a crown. Just what you’d expect to find in some stuffy professor’s bathroom. How predictable. No more than a s[...]



Guest Blogger: Award-Winning Children's Author René Colato Laínez

2010-10-02T17:55:01.169-07:00

This guest post by René Colato Laínez is part of his blog tour in support of his latest book, From North to South. He offered to write on a topic that I know will be very useful to my readers: the dos and don'ts of writing a multicultural (or Latino-themed) children's book. I hope you find it helpful. Children's Book Press is giving away copies of the book at the end of the blog tour, so make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win your copy! WRITING AUTHENTIC MULTICULTURAL BOOKS By Award-Winning Author, René Colato LaínezFrom North to South is my seventh book. In this story, José and his father travel from North to South to visit José’s mother in Tijuana, Mexico. Like José and his father, I have also traveled from north to south and east to west within the publishing world. During my journey, I have made many stops to help me learn the craft of writing at conferences, book festivals, critique groups, libraries, and bookstores. I have also met many people who have thanked me for writing multicultural books. Often, some of those same people ask me for tips on writing a multicultural story. This is my attempt at answering some of their questions:What is a multicultural book?A multicultural book reflects the experiences of diverse groups of people and promotes a greater understanding among cultures. These books authentically and realistically portray themes, characters, and customs unique to the group about which they are written, and give readers an opportunity to develop an understanding of others, as they affirm the important role that people of diverse backgrounds play in society.How can I write a multicultural book?Here are three of the most common mistakes made when attempting to write a multicultural picture book:1. Relaying solely on a main character that is from the barrio, or who has Latin American roots.Example: A Latino child named Pedro lives in the barrio. He speaks Spanish and can draw beautiful cats. Pedro’s teacher gives him a sticker for his efforts.What is multicultural about this story? Pedro is a Latino child from the barrio and speaks Spanish. There might even be Spanish words in the story. But, ask yourself: What is the reader’s learning about Pedro’s culture?This writing exercise never fails:Change Pedro’s name. Maybe his name is now Joshua. Joshua lives in a non-ethnic neighborhood. He speaks English. And of course, he draws beautiful cats.We have changed the name of the character and eliminated the Spanish words in the text. Does the story still work? Yes, it really has not changed at all! A multicultural story is more than a Hispanic character and a few Spanish words. The story must be unique and authentic. A foreign name, or dark skin color on a page are not enough to make a multicultural story.2. My character eats beans and wears a sombrero. He also likes to break piñatas. Do I now have a multicultural book?When writing a multicultural book, avoid stereotypes. Readers want to read stories that represent cultures in positive and respectful ways. Mexicans don’t generally go around wearing sombreros, and Caribbean women generally don’t dance with a bowl of fruit on their heads. On the other hand, Mexico is a country with a very rich history, wonderful traditions, and delicious food. The Caribbean has beautiful beaches, great music, and fantastic folktales. There are so many great things to tell about our cultures, why concentrate on stereotypes? Let’s write wonderful stories!3. The other extreme: culture, culture, and more culture.In order to create a multicult[...]



Latino Authors at New York’s Brooklyn Book Festival

2010-09-11T08:34:43.509-07:00

Now in its fifth year, the Brooklyn Book Festival is one of the top book festivals in the nation with a hip, huge and free all-star literary lineup. The festival will be held tomorrow, September 12th, at BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

This year, Las Comadres para las Américas has teamed up with La Caza Azul Bookstore for their participation in the festival. The two will be sharing booth 131, and hosting book signings, making it easier for you to find many of your favorite Latino authors participating in the festival in one place! Check out some of the big names that will be signing at their booth:

AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING SCHEDULE

11:30 a.m. Cristina Garcia

11:50 a.m. Torrey Maldonado

12:10 p.m. Lemon Andersen

12:30 p.m. Alberto Ferreras

12:50 p.m. Ada Limon

1:10 p.m. Ana Galan

1:30 p.m. Daisy Martinez

1:50 p.m. Brando Skyhorse

2:10 p.m. Michelle Herrera Mulligan and Sofia Quintero

2:30 p.m. Esmeralda Santiago

3:00 p.m. Sandra Rodriguez Barron

3:20 p.m. Daniel Serrano

3:40 p.m. Dahlma Llanos Figueroa

4:00 p.m. Sergio Troncoso

For more information, visit Las Comadres' website.

Have fun at the festival, and say hello to folks for me! (Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year, but I can guarantee that you will LOVE this event. It’s not to be missed!)



Pelé, The King of Soccer/ El rey del fútbol

2010-06-28T11:10:04.621-07:00

If you are anything like me, you are suffering from a serious case of soccer fever at the moment, which makes this the absolute best time to enjoy this book with your kids!

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Check out my previous post about the book for more information: http://adrianadominguez.blogspot.com/2009/01/update-and-some-shameless-promotion.html
Enjoy!



Latino Books Month Giveaway Winner!

2010-06-01T20:04:08.073-07:00

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. I received some wonderful suggestions for future posts and was glad to get to know some of you through the emails you sent and the thoughts you shared.

And now, the winner of the Latino Books Month Giveaway!

Esteemarlu Muniz

Esteemarlu will receive a copy of the three books she requested:

Try to Remember by Iris Gomez
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Amigoland by Oscar Casares

Books will ship directly from the publisher. Enjoy!

For those who did not win this time around, stay tuned, there will be more giveaways in the future, and keep those comments and suggestions coming! I take every single one of them into account as I plan my posts. Thanks again. —Adriana



12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

2010-05-27T08:48:17.608-07:00

In recognition of the many positive contributions being made to Latino literature by publishers and writers worldwide, Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community, created the Latino Book Awards in 1999. The awards were presented during BookExpo America on May 25, 2010, at the Javits Center. This year the committee introduced a new designation for those entries that swept the judges' 1st place ballots: Triple Crown Award Winners. The Winners (Title - Author(s) or Illustrator (s) - Publisher): CATEGORY A – CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS Best Educational Children’s Book - Spanish Cambio Climático: Los Gases de Efecto Invernadero - Daniel R. Faust - Rosen Publishing 2ND Place: Andy Warhol - Patricia Geis - Combel Editorial Honorable Mention: Mitología Mesoamericana: Quetzalcóatl - Tom Danish - Rosen Publishing Best Educational Children’s Book - Bilingual Chiles- Inés Vaughn - Rosen Publishing 2ND Place: Fun With ABC's - Loteria Style - Luciano Martinez - Lectura Books Honorable Mention: Chocolate - Inés Vaughn - Rosen Publishing Honorable Mention: Corn/Maiz- Inés Vaughn - Rosen Publishing Best Children’s Picture Book – English What Can You Do With A Paleta? - Carmen Tafolla - Trycycle Press 2ND Place: Diego: Bigger Than Life - Carmen T. Bernier-Grand - Marshall Cavendish Honorable Mention: Lom and the Gnatters – Kurusa - Groundwood Books Best Children’s Picture Book – Spanish ¡Al Galope! - Rufus Butler Seder - Workman Publishing 2ND Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Alicia en el pais de las delicias - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A. 2ND Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Hansel y Gretel y la casita endulzado - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A. Honorable Mention: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Caperucita roja y el lobo glotón - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A. Best Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual My Papa Diego and Me/Mi papa Diego y yo - Guadalupe Rivera Marin - Children's Book Press 2ND Place: I Know the River Loves Me/Yo se que el rio me ama - Maya Christina Gonzalez - Children's Book Press Honorable Mention: Rene Has Two Last Names/René tiene dos apellidos - René Colato Laiñez - Arte Público Press Honorable Mention: What Can You Do With A Paleta?/¿Que puedes hacer con una paleta? - Carmen Tafolla - Trycycle Press Best Young Adult Fiction – English Clara…Reencuentro con la vida - Gabriela Garcia-Williams – Self Published 2ND Place: Who's Buried in the Garden - Ray Villareal - Arte Público Press Honorable Mention: Mr. Clean’s Familia - David Bueno-Hill - Urbano Books Best Young Adult Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual La Canción de Shao Li - Marisol Ortiz de Zárate - Bambú 2ND Place: Dark Dude - Oscar Hijuelos - Editorial Everest Honorable Mention: The Case of the Pen Gone Missing/El caso de la pluma perdida - René Saldaña, Jr. - Arte Público Press Best Young Adult Nonfiction - English Memories of My Colombia - Valentina Arango - Ediciones El Pozo Best Young Adult Nonfiction - Spanish or Bilingual Yes, You Can Too! The Life of Barack Obama/¡Tú También Puedes! La Vida de Barack Obama - Raquel Benatar - Laredo Publishing 2ND Place: Alegria - Kilina Vela -[...]



Lee and Low Books Announces the 2010 New Voices Award

2010-05-21T09:38:52.418-07:00

LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children's books, is pleased to announce the eleventh annual NEW VOICES AWARD. The Award will be given for a children's picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash grant of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash grant of $500.Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions that we have published include Ghosts for Breakfast, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Children's Book; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and Bird, an ALA Notable Children's Book. EligibilityThe contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children's picture book published.Writers who have published other work in venues such as children's magazines, young adult, or adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted. Work that has been published in any format is not eligible for this award. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to LEE & LOW BOOKS are not eligible. SubmissionsManuscripts should address the needs of children of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another.Submissions may be FICTION, NONFICTION, or POETRY for children ages 5 to 12. Folklore and animal stories will not be considered.Manuscripts should be no more than 1500 words in length and accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author's name, address, phone number, email address, brief biographical note, relevant cultural and ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, and publication history, if any.Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on 8-1/2" x 11" paper. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be submitted separately.Submissions should be clearly addressed to:LEE & LOW BOOKS95 Madison AvenueNew York, NY 10016ATTN: New Voices AwardManuscripts may not be submitted to other publishers or to LEE & LOW BOOKS general submissions while under consideration for this Award. LEE & LOW BOOKS is not responsible for late, lost, or incorrectly addressed or delivered submissions. Dates for Submission Manuscripts will be accepted from May 1, 2010, through September 31, 2010 and must be postmarked within that period. Announcement of the Award The Award and Honor Award winners will be selected no later than December 31, 2010. All entrants who include an SASE will be notified in writing of our decision by January 31, 2011. The judges are the editors of LEE & LOW BOOKS. The decision of the judges is final. At least one Honor Award will be given each year, but LEE & LOW BOOKS reserves the right not to choose an Award winner.For information about previous winners, click here. Good luck to everyone! —Adriana[...]