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Old 12-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Mods, please move if this is not the place for this post.

I am an English Language Facilitator for a very large school district in California--one of the largest in the nation. This year, the state of California is giving us a grant to be utilized for early advanced and advanced English learners (majority are Hispanic, some are Vietnamese or other).

What I am wondering is this:

Are there any authors/poets/illustrators/artists in the LA/San Bernardino City Districts willing to come speak to middle school students about your work? The district is willing to buy a set number of copies or your novel/work should you choose to come speak to about 50-60 students. It doesn't matter whether you are traditionally published or self-published. The works can be for children or teens (MG and YA)

The district prefers the work to be multi-cultural in nature and/or written by someone of an ethnic background (Hispanic, Asian, etc.).


And does anyone know of another place I can post this question that is as reputable as AW (I obviously can't just promote on Craig's List or anything because of safety issues).

Thank you so much if you are able to help out!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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I sent a private message to an author here whose work fits your parameters. She's out of town and may not see it for some time. I just didn't want you to think we'd ignored it.

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #3
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:20 AM   #4
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Ack! I live in Southern California AND am a POC, but I haven't published any YA yet. Too bad!

(If you're ever doing this again in later years though, PM me, as I'd love to if I've written something relevant by that point.)

And if you're ever looking for a speaker on the topics of working in Hollywood or putting together good college applications, I'm qualified on both of those. (And I can do it NOT under my author pen name, so students don't find my blog where I swear a lot and talk about firearms. )
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:00 AM   #6
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Wish you did, Kim!!!

Boooo SL! Wish you had some YA. I will be watching to see when you decide to do so though.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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Hi. I'm a middle-grade writer based in San Diego, but depending on the timing, I'd be happy to come up for a school visit. My books are Kid vs. Squid and The Boy at the End of the World, both from Bloomsbury.

Please feel free to send me an email with details: [email address redacted]

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:20 AM   #8
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Hi, Greg,

Welcome to the Water Cooler. I've removed your email address as AE&BP is not a password-protected forum.

Should anyone wish to contact the OP regarding this opportunity, please send a PM. Posting your email address in public isn't the safest of practices because of email harvesters and other nasty little bots.

Thanks,

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:08 AM   #9
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Gah--what a wonderful opportunity!
I'm also a SoCal POC but only adult works so far.
A YA novel is forthcoming however, so feel free to PM me should the chance arise once again!
In the meantime, good luck and Happy New Year.
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Thanks, Tienci! I definitely will!
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I'm nowhere near your area, but I often hear about opportunities like this through my old school (I did a Masters of Creative Writing).
Just as a suggestion of places to advertise, you might want to see if there are any well regarded local courses in YA which might have a similar mailing list, or local writers' organisations.
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I will check it out, lastlittlebird. Thanks!
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It's a wonderful opportunity - wish I lived closer but I do something similar in the school district where I live back in Missouri!
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