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Hi fellow SCBWI members!

I wanted to make writers aware of the opportunity to be able to obtain an agent critique, query + 10 pgs, or submission pass through We Need Diverse Books beginning on Friday, October 24th. There are a limited number of critiques, and you do have to make a donation at a particular level in order to earn this "perk." Many of the agents who have donated critiques are top agents, and the range is from PB to MG and YA. The ability to donate and obtain a critique is first come, first serve - so when they are gone, they are gone. Donations to WNDB are tax-deductible.

The link to the Facebook event page for the WNDB Indiegogo campaign is: https://www.facebook.com/events/873562145988475/?sid_reminder=6652985297342562304

If you are not familiar with WNDB and our mission, our website is: http://www.diversebooks.org

This would be a good opportunity for a writer who is seeking to promote diversification efforts in children's literature and also has a submission-ready manuscript, or a manuscript that you'd like professional feedback on.
#1 - October 23, 2014, 07:10 AM
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The We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo fundraising campaign has begun, and I'm a little weepy about how many people have already jumped in and contributed. There are a ton of great prizes - stickers, posters, swag packs, agent critiques, sponsorship opportunities (for The Walter, for example), dinner with Jacqueline $#%&ing Woodson - but I happen to think the greatest prize is affirming our place in the most amazing community of people in existence, the kidlit community. We are DOING this, people, we are MAKING THIS HAPPEN!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-need-diverse-books
#2 - October 24, 2014, 09:47 AM
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Congratulations, Mike, and best of luck!  :yay

One question, though--what is the fundraising for? Is it to finance the conference next year?  :eh2
#3 - October 24, 2014, 12:40 PM
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Hi Katie, it's partly that, partly to fund the Walter Dean Myers Award and Grants, and partly for a bunch of other initiatives and partnerships. Here's the text from the IndieGogo page:

With your donation, WNDB will be able to:

Diversify our classrooms: Through our Diversity in the Classroom program we will work with An Open Book Children’s Literacy Foundation, First Book, and the National Education Association to bring diverse books and authors into disadvantaged schools. Diverse authors will also visit other schools to give all children windows into different backgrounds and cultures so they can increase their empathy and understanding.

Support diverse authors: Through our newly announced Walter Dean Myers Award & Grant program “The Walter” will recognize outstanding diverse contributions by authors in Young Adult and Middle Grade literature, and provide funds to help develop new diverse authors and artists.

Promote diverse programming: WNDB will continue to have a presence at conferences across the country, aiming to foster positive, honest, and constructive discussions on diversity and show people that a diverse book is just a good book that any child can enjoy.
Develop educational kits: In conjunction with School Library Journal and the American Booksellers Association, WNDB is creating educational kits to introduce teachers, librarians and booksellers to select diverse books.

Host WNDB’s inaugural Kidlit Diversity Festival: It will be a celebration of diversity in children’s literature to be held in the Washington, DC area in the summer of 2016. The festival will showcase both diverse authors & illustrators, as well as authors who write diversely, with programming geared to promote the importance of our shared life experiences.
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Thanks, Mike. And how on earth did I miss that?  :embarrassed2
#5 - October 24, 2014, 07:18 PM
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Hi! Are you looking for picture book agents that will look at your work? Not all agents are online, but many are. Mine isn't, actually. But you might want to know about this opportunity:

Karen Grencik, who is a picture book agent, is offering query passes to the next five people who donate at the $85 level for the We Need Diverse Books campaign. In case you don't know, Karen is one of the Top 10 ranked agents for children's book sales by Publisher's Marketplace in 2012 and 2013. She's also closed to unsolicited submissions, so this is a rare opportunity.

If you haven't yet checked out We Need Diverse Book's Indiegogo Fundraising campaign, there are other agent and editor perks in exchange for donating, such as:

$85 Agent Critique (Query) - Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary
$225 Editor Critique + 10pp - Anica Rissi, Executive Editor at Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Children's Books
$1500 Pass to the Chronicle Books Editorial meeting - plus a critique and all 9 children's editors will consider your PB
$2000 Pass to the Chronicle Books Editorial meeting - plus a critique and all 9 children's editors will consider your MG/YA

Of course, these are the perks available only as I type. The campaign has seen a lot of activity and so it's likely that some of these won't last long. There's also a registration to the SCBWI NY annual conference in there at the $370 level, but only one left.

The #SupportWNDB campaign website is here if you want to learn more: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-need-diverse-books/x/8916050
#6 - November 06, 2014, 06:24 PM
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