Friday, March 07, 2008

I'm on the radio!

If you happen to be free tomorrow (Saturday, March 8) between 1:00 - 1:25 pm EST, tune into WBAI 99.5 FM to hear me interview authors Grace Lin and Justina Chen Headley about their books out this year (that I edited): YEAR OF THE RAT and GIRL OVERBOARD, respectively.

WBAI is celebrating International Working Women's Day by having 29 hours of women-only programming, and an organization I've been involved with, the North American Taiwanese Women's Association (NATWA) asked me this year if I'd like to put together the segment. We taped last night, and I think it went okay, despite me losing my voice earlier in the week due to a cold (if you hear a cough in the background while Grace is speaking, that was me--I thought my mic was off!).

I actually had a lot of fun doing this--I did a lot of radio in college (news producing, reporting, and anchoring, plus deejay and production training) but none since, so it was cool revisiting that world and being at a radio station again.

You can also tune in via their website.


Laurie said...

Hi Alvina - quick question for you. In your experience as an editor, are there persons within the large publishing houses (ie Random House and others) that will accept manuscript submissions or queries without an agent? After reading several blogs, I got the feeling that some actually do. Do you know if this is the case?

alvinaling said...

I think some editors have their own submission policies, so it's possible, but I wouldn't know if this is true for sure. Most editors (like me) speak at SCBWI conferences and open up their submissions policy for conference attendees.

Laurie said...

thank you, great to know!

Laura Atkins said...

Hi Alvina - I hope you are well, and congrats on the radio feature! I was hoping you might be able to help me out with something, and realized I don't have an email address for you.

I've been asked to speak on a panel at the London Book Fair about latest US children's publishing trends, and have admitted that I'm not completely up-to-date in this area (living in the UK). So I'm polling various people I know in the industry, and wondered if you could let me know your thoughts. Just a quick note would be great. I've posted this as a question on my blog ( or you could email me directly at I'd really appreciate any help from you - or others!