1: Workshop Topic:
So You Think You Know the Latino Market? A Close-Up Look.
For intermediate and advanced writers. Beginners are welcome if they are familiar
with the market.
(note: If you are looking for a crash
course in publishing or a beginners workshop, this is not the workshop for you.)
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
Pre-Conference Assignment [Email a copy to JWKC by October 20th if
possible - otherwise call JWKC at 816-756-2744 for instructions]:
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.
Executive Editor, HarperCollins Publishing
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.
“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.”