|Stefanie discusses Confetti Girl as a model.|
Join in "It's Complicated," a conversation about diversity, authenticity and representation at CBC Diversity. See:
- It's Complicated! an introduction by Roaring Brook editor Nancy Mercado. Peek: "To begin diving into some of these questions, we've asked an author, an agent, an editor, and a children’s literature advocate/reviewer to weigh in on an aspect of diversity in publishing that is meaningful to them."
- A Prayer to the Silent by author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Peek: "You who care so much that you’re immobilized, silenced, I’m asking you to make yourselves heard."
- Feeding the Demand by literary agent Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel. Peek: "I’ve found it’s important to show publishers there is a demand, and in turn help them feel confident to publish even more diverse voices."
- Writing Outside Your Perspective by Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein. Peek: "...as a person who thinks a lot about diversity issues, I would at that point pause a moment and ask myself: Did the voice sound believable to me as that of a Mexican-American teenager, given the character and the world the author created around him? (Here I have to acknowledge that I myself am a white woman, and keep an eye on my own privileges, biases, and knowledge/lack thereof.)
- It's Even More Complicated Than Most People Know by Debbie Reese of American Indians of Children's Literature. Peek: "Most people don’t know anything at all about tribal sovereignty and what it means."
Uncovering YA Covers 2011 from Kate Hart. A look at color distribution and minority representation on the covers of young adult novels. Note: 90% featured a white character. 1.2% featured a black character. Peek: "Of the groups represented enough to show up in a pie slice, black characters/models are not only fewest in number, they're barely even on their own covers."
When Life Throws You Rotten Eggs...Make Lemonade by Sarah Davies from Greenhouse Literary. Peek: "I’ve known agents who so hate imparting bad news that they just don’t return phone calls; they disengage. It’s like the boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t return messages, hoping their partner will get so frustrated that they’ll initiate the break-up for them."
Five Plot Fixes for Peace Makers by Darcy Pattison from Fiction Notes. Peek: "I am really a nice person and I want my characters to be treated well. No more."
Author Chat: A Special Aloha from Margo Sorenson by Jama Rattigan from Jama's Alphabet Soup. Peek: "Truly, moving back to the Mainland was a culture shock in so many ways, and, especially as a teacher, I wished that my California students would be able to understand how the aloha spirit worked, as it did in Hawai’i."
Nurturing Your Inner Nerd by Dom Testa from P.J. Hoover at Roots in Myth. Post includes giveaway of Dom's novel, The Comet's Curse: A Galahad Book (Tor, 2011). Eligibility: North America. Deadline: 12:01 a.m. June 2.
Don't Think Too Much: You'll Create a Problem That Wasn't Even There by Julie Musil from Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing. Peek: "I read about noun/verb placement, misplaced modifiers, and comma usage, and began to over-analyze my work. I found myself worrying less about a good story, and worrying more about mechanics."
Think Like an Author by Danyelle Leafty from QueryTracker.netBlog. Peek: "An author is someone who goes in and gets the job done."
Traditional vs. Self-publishing is a False Dichotomy from Nathan Bransford. Peek: "We're all writers trying to figure out the best way to get our books to readers. We're all on the same team."
Confusion Is Not the Same as Mystery by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com. Peek: "...if you give us no grounding information at the beginning–if it’s all action and no context–you run the risk of confusing your reader with not enough information." See also Sounds Great, No Substance.
It's Raining Cupcakes Birthday Party by Lisa Schroeder from Lisa's Little Corner of the Internet. Peek: "Check out all of these adorable pictures, which I was told I could share on my blog. So impressed with all of the details that went into the decorations and everything!"
This is Your Guarantee of Failure. Proceed Anyway. from Danielle LaPorte. Peek: "There will be many, many things that you’ll wish you had said — fiercely loving and bravely tender things, righteously justice-rendering things that could change everything — but instead, you’ll fail to rise in the way you wanted to." Source: Ruth McNally Barshaw.
Fact and Fiction: One Author Sharing Story by Bethany Hegedus from ALSC Blog. Peek: "There is an adage in writing—write what you know. I do that. But I also write what I don’t know. Fiction for me takes a little bit of facts—some from my own life—and mixes it with a whole lot of what ifs and what thens."
How Much Interaction Should an Author Have With Readers? from Jody Hedlund. Peek: "a few days later she said, 'Mom, I haven’t heard back from that author yet. Do you think she’ll write back to me?'' Source: Stina Lindenblatt from Seeing Creative.
Pace Yourself! The Art of Pacing a Novel from Elissa Cruz. Peek: "A story with lots of action that's sparse on details is going to be fast-paced. A story that weaves you through setting and details and inner monologues but where the characters don't do much is going to be slower-paced."
Trailer Talk: While He Was Away and The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond from Crowe's Nest. Peek: "If I was using Karen's trailer as a primer on trailers for my novel-writing students, this is what I'd probably tell them...."
To enter, comment on this post (click previous link and scroll) and include an email address (formatted like: cynthia at cynthialeitichsmith dot com) or a link to an email address. Or you can email Cynthia directly with "Brendan Buckley" in the subject line. Author sponsored. Eligibility: U.S./Canada. Deadline: midnight May 28.
Read an author interview about the book with Sundee.
The winner of a signed copy of Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley (Book 2 of the Angelaeon Circle)(WaterBrook, 2012) was Betsy in Ohio.
This Week at Cynsations
- The Forest of Reading Winners (Canada)
- Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Barry Gott is a Two-Time Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Selection
- Giveaway: Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment
- Barry Wolverton on Neversink
- Book Trailer: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
- CBC Diversity - "It's Complicated" - Join the Discussion
- Book Trailer: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
- Jennifer R. Hubbard on The Walking Writer
- Jennifer Shaw Wolf on Breaking Beautiful
The first official day of summer may be June 20, but it feels as if it's already here. Schools are concluding their spring semesters. Austin feels a bit empty with the U.T. students gone. On the upside, the waits are sure a lot shorter at local restaurants, and a sushi joint has just opened in my neighborhood.
Meanwhile, I plan to feature a bounty of ideas for summer reading, including more book trailer posts. If you're a regular Cynsations reader and I haven't previously highlighted your 2011-spring 2012 book, zip me a link to your trailer and maybe you'll see it here in the days to come.
What else? If you haven't already, please join in this week's CBC Diversity conversation. Don't miss my post, A Prayer to the Silent.
|Wow! A letter from Dolly!|
This literacy program serves children from birth through preschool. See Dolly Parton's Imagination Library on facebook and find out how you can help. Follow Imagination Library on Twitter.
See also a Pre-K teacher guide for Holler Loudly, created by Shannon Morgan (guides for kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 are likewise available (PDFs)).
- Dear Teen Me by Kathi Appelt
- I'm Bored Swag Shop
- It's Time for "Glee" to Make Room for a Librarian
- Move To Austin! One of My Friends is Selling a Super-Cool House
Central Texans! Mark your calendars for June 9 at BookPeople! Greg Leitich Smith will speak on "Writing Speculative Fiction" at 10 a.m. and Don Tate will host a book launch and signing of It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low, 2012) at noon.
Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith will appear June 30 at Bastop Public Library in Bastrop, Texas.
Interested in taking a class with Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith this summer?
13 Annual Conference of Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers from June 18 to June 22 in Sandy, Utah (apply for the WIFYR Writing Competition & Fellowship Award)(see more authors, agent and editors)(see an interview with Carol Lynch Williams about WIFYR);
- the Southampton Children's Literature Conference from July 11 to July 15 in Southampton, New York (see an interview with Emma Walton Hamilton about the Conference);
- or the 17th Annual Postgraduate Writing Conference from Aug. 13 to Aug. 19 at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Cynthia only.
- Act soon! WIFYR and VCFA are almost sold out!
- See more of Cynthia's upcoming events.