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Latino Authors and Writers Conference

This page is for Hispanic authors, aspiring authors, writers, readers... anyone of Latino origin that is interested in being a writer.

Location: New York City
Members: 27
Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2018

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Writing talent isn't something you're born with. You mightlike it more than the person next to you, but you weren'tbirthed ready to pen a bestselling tome. Writing is work.There's nothing accidental…Continue

Started by Arnaldo Lopez. Last reply by Janelle Meraz Hooper Mar 22, 2011.

Jobs for Writers

GREEN BUILDING WRITERLocation Walpole, MA…Continue

Started by Arnaldo Lopez Dec 24, 2010.

Writing contest for Women

NINTH GLASS WOMAN PRIZEhttp://www.sigriddaughter.com/GlassWomanPrize.htm---NO ENTRY FEEDeadline March 21, 2011. The…Continue

Started by Arnaldo Lopez Dec 24, 2010.


Congratulations to Janelle for receiving a more than positive comment about her novel, A Three-Turtle Summer, from Spanish website…Continue

Tags: summer, fiction, novel, turtle, three

Started by Arnaldo Lopez Nov 23, 2010.

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Comment by Janelle Meraz Hooper on December 14, 2010 at 11:03am

Hey, everyone! Raul Ramos y Sanchez has just been named the number one author in "The Top Ten New Latino Authors for 2011" !!! How great is this?! Check out his page!

(Or, I'm sure he will tell us all about it when he has time.) 

Comment by Janelle Meraz Hooper on December 14, 2010 at 10:57am

What a great piece by Elizabeth Creith! Thanks so much Arnaldo. One of my editors, Elizabeth Lyon, says we need to have at least twelve queries out at a time to see any result. My problem is, I haven't found many publishers who are looking for Hispanic-themed stories. It's been several years since I looked. Maybe I'll look again...

Comment by Arnaldo Lopez on December 5, 2010 at 2:54pm
Location Washington DC
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration. Deadline December
7, 2010. Serves as a technical writer-editor performing a
variety of writing and editing of documents, such as
regulations, directives, briefing papers, presentations,
correspondence, and reports.


Location UK
New Writing North will run a young writers' group based in
Newcastle, and we are looking for a professional writer to
lead it. The group, which is open to young people aged 13-18,
will meet every other Saturday starting in January 2011. It
will be run by a professional writer and supported by volunteers.
The way the group develops will be guided by the young people
but the lead writer will run workshops with the young people
which will challenge and develop their writing. There will,
we anticipate, also be opportunities to celebrate or publish
the work of the young writers' group as part of the project.
This will be the start of what we anticipate will be a wide-
ranging young writers' programme. The lead writer will run
a total of 20 sessions ever other Saturday from the end of
January 2011. The writer will be required to attend planning
meetings over the year with New Writing North to discuss the
direction of the group including organising special events or
master-classes, opportunities to celebrate the work, and ways
in which members of the group can contribute to the group's
sustainability and profile. The lead writer will be paid a
total of 2,500 pounds for this work over the year.


Location Wrangell, Alaska
Public radio station KSTK-FM in Wrangell, Alaska, is looking
for an experienced, self-starting, full-time reporter and host.
Duties include producing local and regional news, interviews
and features; hosting newscasts; filing reports for regional
and statewide broadcast; participating in fundraising efforts;
and other tasks as assigned. KSTK is a member of the Alaska
Public Radio Network and CoastAlaska.
Comment by Arnaldo Lopez on December 5, 2010 at 2:48pm
www.duotrope.com - Duotrope lists over 2,000 publications. Not
all of them pay, but many do. You can search for publications
that take different genres and lengths of story or poetry, and
you can track your submissions. Duotrope also provide weekly
newsletters for poetry and fiction markets.

www.ralan.com - Ralan lists mainly fantasy, science fiction
and horror markets. Again, not all pay, but many do.

www.fundsforwriters.com - Markets, contests and grants.
Everything pays. Four newsletters, three of which are free.

http://www.eugiefoster.com/writers_markets - More market lists.
Some things are by subscription, but others are free lists.

http://www.sfwa.org/archive/links/mags.htm - This is their
magazine list. All paying markets.

In addition, check out:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html - This website shows
you Shunn format, which is one of the standard formats that
many publications require.

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/format.html - This website gives
you standard manuscript format, which is the other main format
required by many publications.
Comment by Arnaldo Lopez on December 5, 2010 at 2:47pm
Three Ps for Selling Short Fiction

By Elizabeth Creith

On January 1, 2010 I set a goal for selling my short fiction
and poetry; two hundred submissions and twenty sales. September
27th I submitted my two-hundredth piece of fiction or poetry.
On October 16th I made my twentieth sale. My three Ps will help
you sell your short fiction and poetry as well.


If you don't produce it, you can't sell it.

In 2008, the year I seriously began to write short fiction,
I sold only two stories, in part because I didn't have many
stories to sell. Now I have four hundred pieces of poetry, micro-
fiction and short stories. Seventy plus pieces are out for
consideration. A lot of those will come back, but some will sell.
I'm still writing new stories.

You need material to sell. Write it.


Presentation can make or break a sale.

Read and follow the submission guidelines for every market.
Use the format they want. Send stories only when they're
accepting them. Otherwise your story will be deleted unread.

When I prepare a submission, I copy the guidelines. If I'm
typing an email submission, I put the piece right in the email.
If it's a mailed submission, I paste the guidelines in a word-
processing document. As I complete the directions, I delete
them. When I'm ready to submit, I know I've done what the
editor wanted.

Be professional in your communication. If you need to follow
up, be polite and concise. Give the submission date and story
title and ask about the story's status.

Keep records; it annoys editors when you forget you've sent
them a story and resubmit it. I use a spreadsheet with columns
for submission date, story, publication, pay rate, and date
of acceptance or rejection. I update it immediately whenever
I submit or receive a response. Duotrope has a submissions
tracker you can use. (see link below)


If at first you don't succeed, welcome to being a writer.
Take rejection in stride; move on. Send that story to another
market, and send that market another story.

This year I sold a story I've been trying to sell since penned
in 2008. I also sold a story to a market that turned down three
stories I liked better. One market has rejected seven stories
so far, and is considering an eighth. If they reject that, they'll
get another, and another.

When you persist, eventually rejections come back with "please
send more" on them. This is progress, never doubt it. One day
they'll buy something.

Take fifteen minutes a day to look at markets, and an additional
fifteen minutes a week to make one submission. It doesn't sound
like much, but in fifteen minutes you can winnow out markets where
your work isn't a good fit, and find those where it is. One
submission a week is fifty-two submissions a year. Two hundred
submissions is only four a week.

If you persist, you will see results. Two years ago, when almost
everything I sent out came back with "no, thank you" on it, I
didn't think that I could sell twenty stories in a year. The
difference between then and now is that I have the product, I've
learned how and where to present it, and I persisted.
Comment by Arnaldo Lopez on December 5, 2010 at 2:42pm

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Write a poem,
30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story,
5 pages max., on any theme, single or double line spacing,
neatly hand printed or typed. Entry fees: $5 per poem,

$10 per story. Poetry Contest First Prize: $500.00, 2nd: $125;

3rd: $50; Writing Contest First Prize: $250.00, 2nd: $125;

3rd: $100. Postmark deadline: December 31, 2010.

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com/ for details and to enter!
Comment by Janelle Meraz Hooper on December 1, 2010 at 5:42pm
Thank you, Arnaldo! How nice! My link looked different:
4. A Three-Turtle Summer - Libros en iguama.com
- [ Translate this page ]
Janelle Meraz Hooper gives us more than a story. She gives us a cast of hilarious and memorable characters in a vividly drawn setting. ...
And now the text is different. But my book is still there!
I get such a kick out of finding my book in another country. I guess I'm just a kid at heart. Thanks again. You're a doll!
Comment by Janelle Meraz Hooper on November 23, 2010 at 12:33pm
Woo-hoo! I got a comment on a Spanish website on my A Three-Turtle Summer: Janelle Meraz Hooper gives us more than a story. She gives us a cast of hilarious and memorable characters in a vividly drawn scene...Libros en iguama.com What a kick! That book came out in 2002!
Comment by Janelle Meraz Hooper on November 22, 2010 at 1:42pm
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I've posted some Thanksgiving fillers (short stories) on my website. Click on the Archives page. Feel free to use them for any non-commercial project: http://www.janellemerazhooper.com/
Comment by Arnaldo Lopez on November 20, 2010 at 1:23am
http://www.fantagraphics.com/ (go to FAQs)
Fantagraphics Books publishes comics for thinking readers -
readers who like to put their minds to work, who have a
sophisticated understanding of art and culture, and appreciate
personal expression unfettered by uncritical use of cliché.
Fantagraphics will practically always reject any submissions
that fit neatly into (or combine in a gimmicky fashion) the
mainstream genres of superhero, vigilante, horror, fantasy,
and science fiction. While some of our publications are suitable
for young readers, we do not publish children's picture books.


Roaring Forties Press welcomes proposals from authors for books
on travel, the arts, and related subjects. Please submit your
proposal (describing the subject, content, market, competition,
and author) with a cover letter to acquisitions@roaringfortiespress.com


Please include a cover letter giving a brief description of the
project and what is included in the package. Your proposal should
include an outline, an introduction, an illustrations list (if
appropriate), sample captions, and text/sample chapters
(approximately 10 to 15 pages of text). Also include a market
analysis of the potential readership for the book, including
title, publisher, and publication date of all similar books, with
an explanation of how your book differs from them. At this time,
we are publishing a line of trade books and gift books. We do not
publish children's books, works of fiction, or academic titles.
Company produces cards, calendars and books.

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