the big Big BIG Lee Wind Newsletter! (March - August 2015 Edition)

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Lee Wind

Sep 1, 2015, 1:54:48 PM9/1/15

Hi my wonderful email list subscribers!

I admit, life has been full. With lots of good stuff. With writing. And blogging! So full, in fact, that newslettering hasn’t made it to the top of my ‘to do’ list in a while.

Quite a while.

Since… February???

Well, I’m happy to say I’ve fixed that.

Here’s a gonzo, huge, super-sized newsletter for MARCH-AUGUST 2015, with links to more than 40 kid and teen books with LGBTQ characters and themes, GSA discussion topics, more than 20 new exclusive interviews with authors, editors and literary agents, and even some fun news about me…

It’s in four sections:

1. New from “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?”

GSA Info

2. Lee’s News

3. Children’s Literature, SCBWI, Writing and Publishing World Updates

Exclusive Interviews
On Writing Queer Characters
More Great Stuff for Writers and Illustrators

4. Current Inspiration 

I hope you find it useful, informative, and entertaining.

Read on, and thanks!


p.s. - If you'd like to be in touch, please don't hit 'reply' - just send me an email directly at Thanks!

1. New from “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?”


Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress – A picture book about a boy in a dress… and how that’s not just okay, it’s pretty great


Made By Raffi – a picture book about being your authentic self that I wish had been read to me when I was a little kid


More Than This – a gay teen dies. And then wakes up. And then has to figure out what’s going on…


Andy Squared – One twin has a secret gay love. The other twin… is pissed.


Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue – The Best-Selling Fantasy Series and its queer content


Tristant and Elijah – A secret gay crush. A secret letter from the past. And maybe… a chance for first love


The Balance – A dystopian future, love between two teen guys and a battle for survival


Remember Me – A teenage girl’s life with grief, art and love (with another girl!)


The Waiting Tree – Simon loves Stephen, but life (and religion, and family) get in the way


Sam & Aaron – a wordless online graphic short story that’s free  (and heartwarming!)


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 – a graphic novel where five best pals at summer camp battle supernatural critters… and two of the girls find love, with each other!


Love Spell – a gender-fluid teen sets out to catch Mr. Right


Heather Has Two Mommies – A Brand-New Edition of the Modern Classic

Tango Is Ten! – And Tango Makes Three in a New 10th Anniversary Edition


Red: A Crayon’s Story – A great picture book about being your authentic self… even if that doesn’t match your label!


Perfect – Ellen Hopkins’ Bestselling YA novel in poems about four high school seniors whose goals of perfection are as different as the paths they take to get there.


More Happy Than Not – a teen who finds happiness being queer turns to newfangled science to wipe his memories and straighten himself out


The Bitter Moon Saga _ Triane’s Son Rising, Triane’s Son Fighting, Triane’s Son Learning and Triane’s Son Reigning


The Porcupine of Truth – A road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend the hero can’t have (because she’s into girls) and a missing grandfather


Proxy – A Science Fiction thriller with two teen action heroes, and one of them is gay


Guardian – The Sequel to the Gay Teen Science Fiction Thriller “Proxy”


Caught in the Crossfire – Two teen boys at bible camp, and one forbidden love (The Crossfire trilogy: Caught in the Crossfire, Searching For Grace, and Taking The Stand)


Giraffe People – a teenage girl comes of age… and comes out


The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap – YA historical fiction that’s been called “a woman’s Brokeback Mountain”


Because of Her – London and Lesbian Teen Love


Ring and the Crown, The – an alternative history/fantasy world of magic with a secondary gay male couple


Companion To Wolves, A – Fantasy with human-animal bonding and a gay cultural plotline


A Hero At The End Of The World – A Queer Romance Fantasy Adventure


The Art Of Wishing and The Fourth Wish – a paranormal romance duology with a Bi love interest and gender fluidity


Maxine Wore Black – A teen transgender and lesbian love story… and murder!


Swans and Klons – a science fiction adventure starring a lesbian teen couple


Frenemy Of The People – Two teen girls who hate each other turn out to actually like each other… a lot!


Fifty Yards and Holding – a street gang leader and a high school sports star fall in love (gay teen love, that is!)


Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story – “A Musical Novel” about a gay teen


Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before – Faith, Politics, and Young Lesbian Love


The Summer I Wasn’t Me – a teenage girl goes to an ex-gay summer camp but it doesn’t work out the way she (and everyone else) expects


This Is Not A Love Story – gay homeless teens take care of each other


I’ll Give You The Sun – Estranged Twins (one of whom is gay) deal with loss and love and one twin’s coming out


He Said, She Said – Newbery-Winner Kwame Alexander’s YA boy-girl romance with a lesbian best friend


The ALA’s 2015 Stonewall Book Award Winner and Honorees


GSA Info:

Hell No – Identity is NOT a costume! Stand up for Caitlyn Jenner and ALL Trans people!


Tyler Ford, featured on “Breaking the Binary” PBS Digital Studios’ First Person #11


The Boy Scouts lift their ban on Gay Scout Leaders!


Girl Scouts is #ForEVERYGirl – a wonderful story about standing up to prejudice (and being rewarded for that!)


A High School Junior peacefully counter-protests two homophobes… and starts a movement!


Jon Stewart on Caitlyn Jenner (and the sexism of our media)


Project UROK – No Matter What You’re Going Through, You’re Not  Alone


A great new video from Teen Line  – LGBTQ: Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities


A coming out video you should see: Jackson Bird comes out


So you’re straight, and this gay guy has a crush on you… what do you do?


Former Homophobic Bully comes out as gay, and apologizes


Sometimes You’re a Caterpillar… and sometimes you’re a snail – a great short video about privilege and diversity


What the Hell? Alabama Judge Who Fought Marriage Equality Wins “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” Award


Some Gertrude Stein to celebrate national poetry month


Mia Yamamoto – A Transgender Heroine


Would Hogwarts Have a GSA?

2. Lee’s News

How Much Is a Million And a Half?


I’m SCBWI’s 2015 Member of the Year!


Awesome News: My marriage is legal everywhere in the U.S.A.!


The 2015 L.A. Times Festival of Books – Highlights and a Publishers Weekly shout-out


Join me at the LA Times Festival of Books:


I’m On Faculty at #LA15SCBWI, The 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference!


I’m The Cybils Featured Blogger For April 2015!


3. Children’s Literature, SCBWI, Writing and Publishing World Updates

Exclusive Interviews

Best-selling author and illustrator and author/illustrator Adam Rex – The Very Funny Pre-#LA15SBWI Interview


Best-Selling Author and Editor Jane O’Connor – The Pre-#LA15SCBWI Interview


Picture Book Author and #WeNeedDiverseBooks Executive Vice President of Outreach Miranda Paul – The Pre-#LA15SCBWI Interview

Heather Alexander (Pippin Properties): Agent Looking for Diversity Interview


Bridget Smith (Dunham Literary): Agent Looking for Diversity Interview


Joanna Volpe (New Leaf Literary and Media): Agent Looking For Diversity Interview


Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary): Agent Looking for Diversity Interview


Tina Wexler (ICM Partners): Agent Looking For Diversity Interview


Marietta Zacker (Nancy Gallt Literary Agency): Agent Looking For Diversity Interview

JC Kato wins the 2015 Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award!

Candace Fleming on winning the 2015 Golden Kite Award (for Nonfiction) for her “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & The Fall of Imperial Russia”


Deborah Wiles on winning the 2015 Golden Kite Award (for fiction) for her novel “Revolution”


Melissa Sweet on winning the 2015 Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration (again!) for “The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus”


Kristy Dempsey on her Golden Kite-Winning Picture Book text for “A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream”


Michelle Knudsen on winning the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award (for humor) for her YA Novel “Evil Librarian”

Wendy Ulmer and Sandy Crabtree’s “My Twelve Maine Christmas Days” – The Spark Award Interviews


W. Nikola-Lisa’s “The Men Who Made The Yankees” – The Spark Award Interviews

Heidi Kim, 2014 Winner of the SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award


Adria Quinones, 2014 Winner of the SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award


Sanna Stanley is the winner of the Jane Yolen mid-list author award!


Jane Mitchell is the runner up for the Jane Yolen mid-list author award!

Lesléa Newman on poetry, mentoring and writing for adults, teens and kids

On Writing Queer Characters

The LGBTQ Q&A sessions at SCBWI’s twice-annual International Conferences – a resource – and community for writing and illustrating LGBTQ characters and themes for kids, tweens and teens


Mary E. Cronin’s Workshop on Gay (LGBT) & Questioning Characters In Middle Grade: A Guest Post


Judith Marcin: Guest Post on Crafting Queer Characters


Dear Authors – a queer teen’s spoken word poem about LGBTQAI+ representation

More Great Stuff For Writers and Illustrators

An excellent reader-question interview with Author David Levithan


#LA15SCBWI – My Top 10 Verbs For the conference ahead:


Gems from #LA15SCBWI


Faculty Guests at  #NY15SCBWI’s LGBTQ Q&A


Eliza Wheeler on “The ‘I Suck’ Dilemma” – a guest post


5 Great Middle Grade and YA Novel Tips from #LA15SCBWI


Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies – A great craft book by Deborah Halverson


5 Amazing picture book tips from #LA15SCBWI


Tag Crowd – A useful tool for writers


Social media fans unlock an annotated extra genesis chapter of Laini Taylor’s fantasy series: Innovations in book marketing


A guest post on naming your characters by Jennifer Moss


Twitter highlights from #LA15SCBWI


A handful of tips for #LA15SCBWI


“The calamity of the disappearing school libraries” – an article well-worth reading


The 2015 Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Award Winners!


SCBWI Carolinas expands the definition of diversity


#LA15SCBWI Pre-Conference interview roundups


Greg Pincus’ social media consultations at #LA15SCBWI


Translation at #LA15SCBWI: Avery Udagawa interviews Nanette McGuinness


Writing a sequel? YA Author Brent Hartinger has some rules that are thought-provoking (and pretty wise)


On the future of publishing: Emma Dryden


Writing Advice from novelist Christie Watson


Children’s Books in Translation


Anatomy of a scene – a very cool resource for writers and illustrators


“Self-portrait of the artist as ungrateful black writer” – an excellent article to read. And consider.


SCBWI Insight – the latest benefit of membership


Rebecca Stead on Why Writers Write


The Future of Libraries – and some inspiration for those of us writing/illustrating works set in the future


Are you using night time logic or day time logic in your work-in-progress?


The 2014 Spark Award Winners are…


The 2015 Crystal Kite Winners!


Handling the Truth – A book on writing memoir


#UnReadBook It Up – a fantastic Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Parody: UnRead Book


A New (Monthly) opportunity for illustrators


The ALA’s Top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2014 are… (and a great story about a book banning that backfired!)


Gayle Forman’s advice on success… and it’s pretty brilliant


Reading can transport your brain… and not just as a figure of speech


On completeness, incompleteness and stories


Giuseppe Castellano’s “10 Mistakes Illustrators Make” is essential reading


If strangers talked to everybody like they talk to writers – a fun article by Lincoln Michel


Got a six-figure deal? Agent Jennifer Laughran helps us do the numbers…


4. Current Inspiration:

Quote: “Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love and do it every day. Do that for the rest of your life, and eventually, the world will change.”


-- 1:42 seconds in to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song – “Growing Up” feat. Ed Sheeran

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