Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
NPR had a report earlier this week that explores the growth – or lack of it thereof – in children’s literature with primarily white characters. Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson “… says she understands that publishers are going to respond to what the market demands. Right now, the vast majority of best-selling children’s books are by and about white people.” I don’t buy into this. What consumers read is what publishers market, especially at the children’s level. Good fiction is good fiction and we need to do a better job of showing our children that good fiction includes stories with characters of color.
Last Thursday was a fun day on Twitter, as agent Jessica Sinsheimer launched the hashtag #MSWL – Manuscript Wish List. Agents and editors alike tweeted out what they’d really like to see in their query inbox right now. So many interesting wishes and like many others noted, even if I don’t have the manuscript those agents are looking for, I think I want to read some of those books, too! Based upon follow up tweets, many agents found a flurry of new queries in their inboxes and several were already making requests. Exciting and a great way to potentially match author-to-agent. Even better is that someone (and I’m mad that I didn’t record who, specifically, did this) tumblred it all and you can find it at http://agentandeditorwishlist.tumblr.com/
Author John Vorhaus talks about writing emotional truth in his post on Writer Unboxed, “Further Down the Writer’s Path”. Some of his ultimate purpose ends in the idea that writers should (must?) expose their emotional truths in order to evoke the same in our characters. Have I broken through a barrier to do this? I’m not sure, but I like what he has to say about the value of getting to this core vs. more surface reactions from our characters.
Reading and Writing Stuff:
Though slightly more on the writer side of things, I thought the observations in literary agent Carly Watters’s post on the Top 5 Ways Readers Find Authors carried some possible reader interest, too. When you are as active on social media as I am and as many writers are, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that it is one of the top methods of promoting reading material. It isn’t, and when I pause to think about it, I am not surprised. It may seem like everyone does everything through phones and computers, but media consumption is still not quite dominated in the ways we might think. Not yet.
Song of the Week
My niece gets credit for this one for introducing me to Lorde and their song, “Royals”. Be your own queen (or king):