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Time to Listen Tuesday: Daniel José Older

Photo by Philippe Gillotte, via Creative Commons

Photo by Philippe Gillotte, via Creative Commons

“Nuances of codeswitching, racial microaggressions, the emotional reality of surviving white supremacy, self-translation – these are all layers of the non-white experience that rarely make it into mainstream literature, even when the characters look like us.” – Daniel José Older

If you haven’t yet read Daniel José Older’s BuzzFeed article, Diversity is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing, here’s the link.

Some provocative thoughts:

“White supremacy in children’s literature,” Larrick writes, “will be abolished when authors, editors, publishers, and booksellers decide that they need not submit to bigots.” -Nancy Larrick

“Lack of racial diversity is a symptom. The underlying illness is institutional racism. It walks hand in hand with sexism, cissexism, homophobia, and classism.” -Daniel José Older

“Maybe the word hasn’t been invented yet – that thing beyond diversity.” Daniel José Older

Getting Ready for #PitMad (with downloadable checklist)

Word Cloud by David Oarr

Thinking about joining in #PitMad this quarter? A twitter party dedicated to matching manuscript pitches to agents (and hosted by the incomparable Brenda Drake), this event merits your attention even if you don’t think you’re quite ready to hook up with an agent. Simply going through the steps of getting ready for #PitMad or dipping your toes in the #PitMad stream will up your game.

The next event is scheduled for September 10, 2015, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST. Use the Words Like Rain checklist below to get your game on! 

Words Like Rain



Are You Ready for #PitMad? A Complete Checklist

Words Like Rain #PitMad Checklist




Not quite ready this quarter? Start getting ready now for the next #PitMad event, December 4, 2015.

Also worth reading:

How to #PitMad