Tag Archives: Diversity

Pitch America for Lantinx Voices

Pitch América

This contest will feature the first 500 words and the 35 word pitch of completed and polished manuscripts written by Latinx authors. This is a diversity contest with many well known agents and editors participating.

Submissions open at midnight on August 30, 2017 and close on September 3, 2017 at 11:59 EDT. Please check out the website for complete guidelines. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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Children’s and Teens Fiction/Non-Fiction #DVPit Hosted by Lit Agent Beth Phelan

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The search for diversity within books has increased, not just with secondary characters but main characters. The world wants to see a fabulous palette of colors and cultures among the stories they read and the publishing industry is responding! This prompted literary agent Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency to create DVpit.

According to the site, #DVpit is a twitter event created to showcase pitches about and by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.

The next event will spread over two days. April 25th will be for Children’s & Teen Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, graphic novel, middle grade, young adult). April 26th will be for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction (all genres, commercial and literary). Each day the event will run from 8am-8pm ET using the hashtag #DVpit. Be sure and pitch your manuscript on the correct day because agents/editors will search the feed on the specific day of the categories they represent/acquire.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Inked Voices Workshop

Inked Voices

Inked Voices is giving away a spot in their upcoming Online First Pages Workshop with Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates.  The spot is for a writer of a diverse background novel related to their experience, frequently shorthanded on Twitter as #ownvoices.  Submissions should be literary or upmarket adult fiction.

Diverse experiences include, but are not limited to: LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities (learn more about We Need Diverse Books in children’s literature: http://weneeddiversebooks.org/mission-statement/).

If you’re interested, fill out the submission form before April 23rd, 2017. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Need A Sensitivity Reader?

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Writing In The Margins has helped writers create appealing words to readers for awhile. What I didn’t know, they also have dedicated time to help writers find sensitivity readers. With publishers understanding the need for diverse voices in today’s world, there’s been a push for these types of manuscripts. For those unfamiliar, the diversity push means publishers are looking for stories told by the minority voices.

But, what if you’re a male or female heterosexual Caucasian in perfect health who has a great story idea for a Muslim main character, or a fabulous manuscript for a lead character with autism? Does this mean you shouldn’t write it? Of course you should. However, what this really means is you’re possibly not the best person to write the story. But wait, I just told you to write the story. Of course, you can absorb yourself into research. After all, you can find nearly everything on the internet these days, and writer’s have done so with secondary characters. But, there is something else they do, which I recently learned about during WriteOnCon.

If you want to write a story with a diverse leading character and you’re obviously not what our culture considers to be a minority, then getting a sensitivity reader might be what you need when writing outside of your own culture and experience. Writing In The Margins has a list of sensitivity readers of Muslim, Judaism, Autism, African-American, Japanese, LGBT, Deafness, Latina, Transgender, and more!

This is how the site defines the sensitivity reader: A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and for instances of bias on the page.  The goal of a sensitivity reader isn’t to edit a manuscript clarity and logic, although that may be an additional service offered. A sensitivity reader reviews a manuscript for internalized bias and negatively charged language.  A sensitivity reader is there to help make sure you do not make a mistake, but they are also NOT a guarantee against making a mistake.

If you want to write a story with leading diverse characters and aren’t a minority, use someone from the site’s list to polish your script. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

#DVpit Twitter Pitch Party Is Soon

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The search for diversity within books has increased, not just with secondary characters but main characters. The world wants to see a fabulous palette of colors and cultures among the stories they read and the publishing industry is responding! This prompted literary agent Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency to create #DVpit.

According to the site, #DVpit is a twitter event created to showcase pitches about and by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.

The next event will spread over two days. October 5th will be for Children’s & Teen Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, graphic novel, middle grade, young adult). October 6th will be for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction (all genres, commercial and literary). Each day the event will run from 8am-8pm ET using the hashtag #DVpit. Be sure and pitch your manuscript on the correct day because agents/editors will search the feed on the specific day of the categories they represent/acquire.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Literary Agent Beth Phelan Pitch Event

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Great news for diversity authors! Beth Phelan from the Bent Agency is hosting a twitter pitch event for diverse manuscripts. The event will occur on April 19th on the twitter hashtag #DVpit from 8am-8pm EST. Beth gave a great interview on Brenda Drake’s blog explaining more about the event, including that she’s invited other agents and editors to participate.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Monthly Mumbles

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I’ve been told that I should occasionally write a post about myself. So I’ll start giving updates on what I’m doing or what I’ve done. Late last year, I got a promotion with my day job (working as an ASM for a fortune 500 country). This is great except I now work 50-60 hours per week, which really cuts into my writing time. So, on my days off I binge write blog posts to schedule (including this one). Then because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to finish my degree and signed up for classes. This semester I’m taking THREE! But I will finally be finished with my degree in May. Woot!

So, when do I have time to write? I MAKE TIME! (Even if just a little each day. Refer to an earlier post I wrote.) I recently started a middle grade novel with sort of a Hobbit-ish feel (which I’m really excited about). And for those who knew about my last novel THIS SCARY MANOR BLOWS being in the hands of agents, yes it is still with a few. Waiting can be so difficult. The best cure is to write something new and forget about the old. Speaking of new, I’m up to 106 book ideas that I’ve made notes on (or started in some way). Since I might not be able to write all of them in this lifetime, I’ll need to reincarnate myself. Just sayin’.

Now, I have to tell y’all about a great diversity book I read for my Lit284 class called THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY of a PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie. But I’ll warn you that sometimes the racist verbiage is a little tough to swallow. But the story is based on Sherman’s own life growing up on the reservation, so it wouldn’t be real if he kept the hard stuff out. Right? And have no fears about it being serious and deep, although there are some deep issues happening. This story is funny and inspiring about the underdog coming out on top. (Seriously, you’ll be asking yourself why you’re laughing when someone just died. So not cool, and yet there you’ll be.) The next book I’m currently reading is THE JOY LUCK CLUB by Amy Tan. (I know, hard to believe I haven’t read this story yet!)

That’s all for now. There be more from me later.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

WRITING IN THE MARGINS: QUERY CONTEST

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Here is a contest to start the new year off with a chance to get a literary agent, hosted by Writing in the Margins. This is for unpublished and unagented works featuring a person from an underrepresented group. This person needs to be in the starring role and not the BFF of the main character. They are looking for diversity!

The way it works: Entrants post their query and first chapter to a message board where moderators help whip them into shape. The entrants can post from January 1st, 2016 to January 15th,2016. The moderators will pick the best ten to move forward to the agent round. (Go here to register.) Be sure to follow their blog for important information and dates.

Take a look at the participating agents!

Samantha Brody *

Linda Camacho

Kirsten Carleton

Emily Keyes

Sarah La Polla

Tricia Lawrence

Patricia Nelson

Danielle Smith

Eric Smith

Amy Stern

Michelle Witte

* Samantha Brody is a literary assistant scouting for other agents.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction