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Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by robert-brantley-2 on May 11, 2022, 10:16 AM »
Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by dewsanddamps on May 11, 2022, 07:05 AM »
Robert, I'm not being optimistic. I'm reflecting a conversation with a major publisher twelve days ago. I think you're okay.   :goodluck
Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by robert-brantley-2 on May 11, 2022, 06:48 AM »
I truly appreciate the eternal optimism, and I do understand that getting published can be a long process. But when the ant- crt movement and school districts, and states  have flexed their muscles and banned authors like Toni Morrison, publishers may go back to being conservative when publishing BIPOC projects.
Hey everyone! Wanted to share this awesome opportunity for illustrators!
Edited to add dates! The giveaway runs 5/10-5/17/22

Starry Forest Books, in tandem with Sub It Club, is offering the chance to win a portfolio critique from Robert Agis, President of Starry Forest Books. It is a great opportunity to get your work in front of a publisher, and get some feedback from a publishing veteran on your work. To check it out, head over to this Sub It Club post, featuring Starry Forest Books and the very talented Josh Cleland.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 10, 2022, 05:54 PM »
If anything, I think publishers are more inclined to put books out that represent our diversity as a nation. You don't combat book bannings by self-censoring.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by dkshumaker on May 10, 2022, 02:23 PM »
I agree.  I do not think trade publishing will be swayed by what's going on now and will continue to push for diversity. I think most studies show that representation from diverse authors, while increasing, is still quite a small percentage of the overall picture.

Best of luck!
Picture Books (PB) / Re: CRT
« Last post by dewsanddamps on May 10, 2022, 07:37 AM »
Robert, I'm quite certain that publishers are actively looking for mss with BIPOC characters. Keep at it, and good luck!  :clover
Picture Books (PB) / CRT
« Last post by robert-brantley-2 on May 10, 2022, 06:54 AM »
I have submitted a PB manuscript to agents and editors. I keep receiving rejections that say, "We read with interest...not the right fit." I know that rejections and the right fit are part of the process. My PB features  a BIPOC main character.  I wonder how has the current political climate and the anti-critical race theory movement affected the publishing industry continuing to publish BIPOC projects.
Book Talk / Re: Wonderful Resource for Australian Kidlit
« Last post by Sonya Bright on May 09, 2022, 05:56 AM »
Thank you for the reminder!

SCBWI is having a free Zoom launch on Friday evening (Australia time). I'd booked it and forgotten!

You can book here:
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