Hey fellow writers and illustrators, we want to hear from you. What does REPRESENTATION mean to you? Has the lack of Latinx representation in children’s literature affected you personally in any way? As a creator of kidlit, why are you committed to lift up Latinx voices? What are some experiences that have shaped your commitment to represent through your writing or illustrating? How are your children or students affected by the lack of representation?
Please share with us a short video (1 to 2 minutes) where you respond one or all these questions. We want to hear from you whether you are a super-well-known author/illustrator, a debut author/illustrator, or a pre-published creator. Your voice is important.
Record yourself on your phone or favorite device. Make sure you are recording in a well-lit space.
Upload to your Twitter account.
Tag @LatinxPitch and use hashtag #LatinxRepresentationMatters . We’ll RT from our account.
If you want us to post from our account send us your video via DM. We’ll post from our account tagging you.
A Twitter pitch is a short and catchy “what my book is about”. Think of it as an elevator pitch but with the word count constrains of Twitter. For our event, #LatinxPitch, you also need to leave room for hashtags for your genre (#PB, #CB, #MG, #GN, #YA) or if you are #Agented.
Remember to add our hashtag #LatinxPitch either at the beginning or end of your tweet.
Your manuscript should be ready to go when you participate on this event. Sure, you could still polish it and make revisions, but the story has to be finished. We’re not pitching ideas, but complete manuscripts.
Write your pitch several days in advance and include hashtags to see how many characters you have. Twitter allows up to 280 characters including spaces.
You may want to use Twitterdeck to keep track of likes and retweets of your pitch. Learn more HERE
Polish your pitch and keep it simple. Your tweet should capture the heart of your story and present it in a compelling way.
When an agent or editor favorites your tweet, go to this person’s page and look for their guidelines for submission.
Keep in mind that even if an agent or editor picks your pitch, there’s no guarantee they will offer you a contract. But at least you would have a opportunity to show your work.
Have fun! Get to know other Latinx writers, follow their work, and if you can, buy their books (or request them at your library). Representation works only when we work actively towards it!