Dear Agencies & Publishers,
We need diverse books more than ever, particularly #ownvoices stories. Thus we have created the first-ever MG and YA Rainbow Writers Workshop, to be held at the wonderful Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. (More information!)
This weekend-long intensive will connect up-and-coming LGBTQIAP+ writers with authors and publishing professionals, giving them the tools to launch careers and add to the expanding canon of #ownvoices kidlit.
We are working hard to raise scholarship funds so writers from all backgrounds, marginalized identities, and income levels can attend. We Need Diverse Books has generously offered to collect scholarship donations, so they will be tax deductible.
The cost of a full scholarship is $1,400. If you fund a full scholarship, it will bear your name and we will sing your praises! Half scholarships ($700) will bear the names of two contributors. Quarter scholarships ($350) will have listed donors. We are taking donations in any amount—all donations will help launch the careers of LGBTQIAP+ writers!
To donate, go to WeNeedDiverseBooks.org, and click on donate. IMPORTANT: After you enter the donation amount, type: “For the Rainbow Writers Scholarship Fund” in the “Special Instructions” box.
The funding cutoff date is December 1st.
Thank you for your time—and for supporting diverse authors!
Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT:
Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy‘s duology ONCE & FUTURE, pitched as an inclusive retelling of the Arthurian cycle. In a galaxy where corporation is king, an illegal immigrant crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls Excalibur, sealing her fate as the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, and awakening Merlin, who has aged backwards into a teenager; together they spark galactic revolution, to Aubrey Poole at Jimmy Patterson, in a very nice deal, at auction, for publication in Summer 2019, by Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties for Capetta and Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary for McCarthy (NA).
Amy Rose and I are thrilled to announce our RAINBOW WRITERS RETREAT at the glorious Writing Barn in Austin, TX!
You might remember that back in 2015 we raised over 15k to send boxes of inclusive fiction across the US. This year we are turning to fellow LGBTQIAP writers with a special workshop weekend in which we will be able to talk craft, representation and publishing in a safe, understanding environment.
We are honored to have Dystel, Goderich & Bourret VP and agent Jim McCarthy in attendance.
If you’re a rainbow writer looking to take their career to the next level (published or unpublished), we’d love for you to apply! If you’re an ally, it would mean a lot to us if you helped get the word out!
Much love & cheers for a future full of #ownvoices LGBTQIAP fiction for children and teens!
Cori & Amy Rose