The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014
(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)
WELCOME TO DAY THREE!!!!!!
Still having fun? I can tell by all your comments! Glad everyone is pushing through these tough but exhilarating 7 days where we attempt to write 7 picture books in 7 days.
MY DAY TWO UPDATE: I managed to cobble out another picture book idea in the afternoon. It was music-based because I am also a professional freelance violinist. I also have a concert this weekend with the Southeast Symphony so music was on my brain all day (had a rehearsal Friday night too!). But as I wrote this book, I realized… this could actually be the start of a middle grade novel or chapter book. A few of my picture book drafts from previous NAPIBOWRIWEES have ended up being the basis for longer books. This is why I love doing my NAPIBOWRIWEE event because it helps me in a whole range of genres, not just picture books!
Did anyone write a draft today that they thought would be a picture book and realized it may be an early reader/chapter book/or novel? I’m curious to see if anyone’s NAPIBOWRIWEE drafts turned into something longer.
As for Day Three – I have a concert to play with the Southeast Symphony. I don’t know if I’ll have time to write Book 3 because of this schedule conflict. Plus maintaining my NAPIBOWRIWEE blog also takes up a lot time.
Therefore I have allowed myself the opportunity to try and get TWO drafts done on Sunday (Day 4) because of my orchestra conflict on Day 3. Talk about a Sunday Funday. My goal for Day Three will be at least to brainstorm two ideas that I can concentrate writing all day on Sunday. Fingers crossed!
In the meantime, here’s Part Two of my interview with LEE & LOW BOOKS. (Part One was posted here: http://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=699.) In today’s blog, Hannah Ehrlich, Director of Marketing & Publicity, shares with us statistics about the lack of diversity not only in children’s literature but also in Hollywood AND the New York Times Bestseller List.
Why did LEE & LOW BOOKS expand their research on diversity from children’s literature to other arenas such as the Oscars and the New York Times Bestseller List? It’s because LEE & LOW BOOKS hopes to “… shed light on the systematic challenges facing people of color and women today across many industries.”
For more than twenty years, LEE & LOW BOOKS has published award-winning children’s books that are “about everyone, for everyone.” The company is committed to fostering conversations about race, gender, and diversity in publishing and beyond. For more information, visit leeandlow.com.
(Keep reading after the break for the Diversity Gap statistics!)