The Home Stretch

by We Need Diverse Books

It’s week three of our campaign…and we’re so close to meeting our goal!

  • We’ve raised 90% of our 100K target
  • More than 1,040 funders have contributed
  • All of The Walter 2015 grants now have co-sponsors
  • Another #SupportWNDB Twitter chat is scheduled for TODAY, Tuesday 11/11 at 1 PM EST with special guests Malinda Lo, Alex London, Emily Danforth, and Rafe Posey

Today we’re proud to unveil our extended author video, with additional clips from Kristin Cashore, Sharon Flake, I.W. Gregorio, Ellen Hopkins, Stacey Lee, E.B. Lewis, Meg Medina, Linda Sue Park, Meg Rosoff, Mildred Pitts Walter, Gene Luen Yang, & Ellen Oh herself!

The buzz and excitement surrounding our campaign has prompted some amazing new opportunities for us. First, Indiegogo has invited us to participate in #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of giving. On December 2, 2014, people everywhere are joining forces on Indiegogo to fuel change and fund what matters to them. Diversity in children’s literature definitely matters!

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In order to participate, Indiegogo has also extended our fundraising campaign through December 10. This means we’ll be able to reach more people and spread our message further. Which comes with its own great news:

Our extended campaign should allow us to effect even more change within the industry. With additional funds, we plan to implement stretch goals, and we’ll reveal those to you as soon as our campaign surpasses the 100% funded mark.

Already we’ve seen an outpouring of support, and YOU are the reason for it. Indiegogo lets us track where donors are coming from, and so many of you are leading people to our cause through Twitter, Facebook, email, and your own personal blogs. Please keep sharing those cue cards and hitting ‘Refresh’ on the Indiegogo page, because we’ve got new perks going up daily, including:

  • Limited edition (only FIVE available) chapbooks <![if !vml]><![endif]>of poetry by NYT-bestselling Newbery Medal Winner Linda Sue Park (right)
  • A full manuscript critique of a YA contemporary book, offered by the Patricia Riley, Managing Director of Spencer Hill Contemporary
  • One more “free pass” to the Chronicle Books editorial meeting for the first 3 chapters of you MG/YA book 
  • Lunch OR critique+phone call with Joe Monti, Executive Editor of Saga Press/Simon & Schuster. Joe’s authors have won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Printz Award, among others.

FINALLY… we’ve got a fun surprise in store once we hit $100,000. Stay tuned!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The WNDB Executive Committee

P.S. Aren’t the Girl Scouts of Troop 60261 rockin’ those mustaches?






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