Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Workshops-Conferences-Book Fairs

René Colato Laínez

F1rst Pages Conference and Revision Retreat (October 27-28, 2007)
F1st Pages Conference

Featuring some of the most experienced names in the business among them our own Adriana Dominguez.

The title of her workshop is The Latino Explosion! - So You Think You Know the Latino Market? A Close-Up Look

Workshop Preparation:

You must be familiar with the Latino/Spanish publishing industry and know what the Pura Belpre and Americas Awards are and who has won them. In addition, come prepared to talk about what genre you want to write in and whether your work will be English, Spanish or Bilingual.

In a group critique session, you will participate in a creative discussion of your peer’s manuscripts. You will receive the manuscripts ahead of the conference and should be familiar with them in order to participate effectively in the workshop. All names will remain anonymous.

Pre-Conference Assignment [Due no later than October 8th]:

Adriana Dominguez will review complete picture books, and the first 10 pages, with a synopsis, of middle-grade and young adult novels. Adriana does not publish nonfiction so please do not submit nonfiction manuscripts. All manuscripts submitted will ultimately be addressed as part of a group workshop with Adriana.

Who is Adriana Dominguez and what is she looking for?

While HarperCollins has a number of imprints to which the mainstream author has access, take a look at Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins, which opens the door of this major publisher to Latino authors. Hence, Adriana Dominguez is looking for “…originality, a keen awareness of the qualities that make a good children's book, and for Rayo in particular, background: I am very interested in material written by Latino authors in Spanish, English, and bilingually.”

Having worked with many noted Latino authors, such as Lulu Delacre of Rafi and Rosi fame and the writing team of Alma Flor Ada and Isabel F. Campoy, this is a prime opportunity for Latino authors with Latino themed stories to not only meet the Executive Editor of the fastest growing imprint in the Latino children’s book market, but to learn how to break in and get published in a tough market.

If you are looking for a crash course in publishing, this is not the workshop for you.

Adriana says, “I’d like to reach a happy group of folks who have been published (ideally), or authors who are familiar with the basic publishing process and have made sincere attempts to get published and want feedback.”

Take a look at If you are looking for someone to critique your work before sending it to editors, this could be the place for you. Also, in this webpage, you can find good information about children’s literature genres: picture book, early readers, middle grade, and young adult.

THE 2nd ANNUAL BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL – It’s coming - September 16, 2007! Be There.

The second annual Brooklyn Book Festival will take place at historic Borough Hall on Sunday, September 16, 2007. Last year’s inaugural festival was a tremendous success, featuring 10,000 visitors, 80 publishers and presses from across the country, and readings and discussions by renowned authors.

The festival has quickly established a reputation for presenting innovative and exciting programming. This year, A.M. Homes, Pete Hamill, chef David Bouley, Mary Gaitskill, Uzodinma Iweala, George Saunders, children’s author/illustrator Mo Willems, George Packer, Ana Castillo, Alisa-Valdes-Rodriguez, Colson Whitehead, Reverend Run, Gloria Naylor, Stephen Carter, actor Mike Farrell and Jim Carroll are among the many authors who will grace the stages and reading rooms of the festival.

Hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at historic Brooklyn Borough Hall, outdoors on its beautiful plaza, and at the nearby Brooklyn Historical Society, the day-long festival showcases local and national retailers, publishers, authors and literary organizations.

Multiple stages and indoor venues will feature adult and children’s programming, spirited panel discussions and spoken word performances.

Festival partners include Brookyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Public Library, Housing Works and the National Book Foundation. Sponsors are Target, the Independence Community Foundation and Time Out New York.

Orange County Children's Book Festival (September 29 & 30, 2007)

The Orange County Children's Book Festival is two daylong interactive family festival that invites children of all ages to experience the magic of books, encourages literacy, promotes the community and supports children's charities. With numerous book vendors on display, multiple stages for author and illustrator presentations, entertainment, and panel discussions - there’ll be something for everyone! An abundance of children activities such as face painting, clowns, musicians, readings, drawings, etc. will be offered and there will be lots of food, drinks and fun for the whole family. The festival is free to the public and will be held each year.

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