I am working on a book project tentatively titled The Politics and Poetics of “New” LGBTQ Children’s Picture Books. The book is about children’s picture books published in North America that feature LGBTQ themes and characters.
I am historicizing and contextualizing the production, distribution, and consumption of LGBTQ children’s literature by building an archive of news articles, existing research, and original interviews conducted primarily through digital correspondence. I am very interested in how gatekeepers like publishers may influence LGBTQ content in children’s picture books. Additionally, I am interested in how experiences publishing LGBTQ children’s picture books have changed over the last fifty years.
I am seeking the help of authors who have experience publishing LGBTQ children’s picture books. I have prepared a set of questions that will help me obtain information about your experiences self-publishing, publishing with a small press, or publishing with a larger established press.
I’ve been offered an advance contract by a major university press for this book project. I have published about LGBTQ children’s literature in the edited collection Heroes, Heroines, and Everything in Between as well as in The Journal of Homosexuality. I also teach about literature, writing, and gender studies at University of Texas at Arlington.
If you are an author who has written LGBTQ children’s picture books, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will send you a series of questions as an initial part of our correspondence. At most I will follow up once for clarification. Your help will enable me to create a rich history of North American LGBTQ children’s picture books!
Thank you for your time and consideration!