Around the Web: Accessibility in Publishing, Tips for Content Generation, and the Teen Writing Scene
Welcome back! This week’s roundup of book-related content from across the vast domain of the internet includes an update on funding for accessible books in Canada, some thoughts on improving the querying process for neurodivergent writers, some tips for developing ideas and producing content, and a piece on the teen writing scene.
CELA and NNELS Funding
Just last week I shared concerns about the Canadian government cutting funds for organizations that help create accessible books. I’m happy to report that decision has been changed. The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) will receive funding for the upcoming year. CELA has issued a release about this one-year reprieve. I encourage you to keep following this, as these organizations deserve continued support.
Querying and Neurodivergent Writers
Agent and author Eric Smith recently asked his Twitter followers what improvements would make querying easier for neurodivergent writers and received a lot of helpful responses. Even if you’re not an agent, the information he gathered might help you improve your communication, so check it out.
If you want to write or blog and aren’t sure where to start, take a look at this Medium article by Melissa Gouty. It explains how reading a single book can take you down multiple avenues of exploration to create different kinds of content.
The teen writing scene can be competitive. Amanda Silberling discusses her experience writing as a teen and beyond for Electric Lit, highlighting how focus on awards and prestige can be detrimental. Teen writing matters regardless of recognition.