Just received a note from my Aunt, author Eleanora E. Tate, whose book, by the way, was just selected for inclusion on a recommended list of multicultural and multi-racial literature that use humor. The list was prepared by the EMIERT Children’s Services Committee, and you can find the entire list with links over at Cynsations.
Anyway, getting back to the note, here is a writing opportunity for African American writers of children's literature. The Journal of African American Children's literature is seeking manuscripts for publication in the Fall, 2005 issue. I know, that's kinda soon, but I just found out.
They are looking for manuscripts that examine and explore the works of African American illustrators and writers of children's books that have celebrated and continue to celebrate African American families via their work.
The problem is: I don't know what the above paragraph means! See, I'm just a newbie writer. I write what I want, when I want to and about whomever I please. So, put a bunch of rules, regulations, word counts, guidelines and deadlines on it and I get kinda freaked out. I find myself crawling back into my comfort zone cave: my studio with my drawing board, paint brushes and canvases. Thing is, after studying the website, it looks right up my alley. I want to write, but I'm terrified of writing professionally. We'll see where this goes. I think I could do it. I don't know.