At writeforkids.org, we’ve talked about the revolution taking place in publishing today. No longer do you, as an children’s book writer, have to wait months (or years!) for an editor to dig your manuscript out of the slush pile, and decide whether or not it should be published. Now you have options. You have the power to manage the process on your own. You can educate yourself on the craft of writing, you can hire a freelance editor to help get that work into publishable form, and you can easily publish it electronically or even in print. You control the marketing, and you reap the rewards.
But we also passionately believe that writing isn’t just about making money. It’s about changing the lives of children all over the world through books. As we wrote in The World is Now Ours. A Children’s Writing Mission for the 21st Century, you now have the ability to reach children across the globe with your writing. And what’s really exciting is that many of these children have never had a book of their own. Now, with the click of a button on a smartphone or e-reader, children in developing countries can have access to ideas, stories and information that can literally change their world. And you can be a part of it!
We’d like to introduce you to Worldreader, our first writeforkids.org literacy partner. Worldreader is a non-profit on a mission to bring digital books to every child and his or her family, so that they can improve their lives. They provide e-readers to schools in developing countries, building on the digital platforms and mobile connectivity that’s already in place. Then they supply children with ebooks through an exclusive Worldreader Library. To date they have reached readers in 37 countries, providing them with over 6,000 book titles in 23 languages. They are empowering children across the world with ebooks so that someday wide-spread illiteracy will be a thing of the past.
Here’s how you can support this terrific organization. First, you can click on the button below to make a monetary donation to Worldreader:
Next, please share the Wordreader story on social media and among your friends. They don’t have a big budget to get the word out and would really appreciate your help.
Finally, here’s something really exciting. Worldreader has invited CBI Insiders to donate stories to be published on the Worldreader platform and distributed worldwide to children who don’t have access to books!
Worldreader knows that Insiders are dedicated to creating quality books for children, and their work will be given priority in the submission process. If you’re an Insider, click here for more information and a link to an exclusive submission form.
(Not an Insider yet? Join us and make a difference!)
Now let’s go change the world!