20 January 2022. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) announced their selection of 17 aspiring writers for their year-long 2022 Mentorship Program and I found out I’d been chosen by critically-acclaimed children’s author, Cindy Baldwin, to be her middle-grade mentee. To say that I was overjoyed is a little bit of an understatement! I am looking forward to displaying my lovely WNDB badge (below) and most of all, to working with my mentor to bring out the best in the middle-grade manuscript that I have been working on since 2020.
WNDB is an American “non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.” The full press release can be found here.