The Weekly 411 (2/7/14)

© 2014 Kathryn Ault Noble

Feb. 7, 2014, Issue 5

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This week's Author Spotlight features picture book author Julie Hedlund.  The Illustrator Spotlight features illustrator Kathryn Ault Noble.


Check out our new page with Young Adult writing links.

We repurposed our previous page, "Creating a Platform" to focus on the needs of published authors. Check out the new links on our page, Published Authors: Marketing & Creating a Platform.


New Course: The Lyrical Language Lab: Punch up Your Prose . . . with Poetry. Children's poet RenĂ©e LaTulippe presents a fabulous four week online course for children's writers to learn the basics of poetry and how to bring poetic language to all of their writing, whether rhyme or prose. We have been beta testers of this course and cannot recommend it highly enough. Enter to win a giveaway of a spot in the class.

How to Write a Picture Book With Fabulous Rhyme and Meter

Picture Book Formatting Proper formatting technique for picture books.

Tips for Staying out of the Slush Pile

Writing a Query Letter- Write On Con

For Illustrators

Dummy Books Part 1: Making the Dummy - excellent overview of steps to take to make a dummy

Alicia Padron: reasonably priced online beginner's illustration classes with one on one feedback

Freelance Editors & Critiques

Joyce Sweeney Critique Services  Offers complete line-edit - grammar, punctuation, etc. Plus a detailed overview of the work. Joyce will also critique query letters and synopses.

Writing Challenges

April 1-30

What: A month dedicated to strengthening rhyming and poetry skills. Guest bloggers will offer expertise, resources, simple lessons, and writing prompts to help you flex those poetic writing muscles. Join in this great learning experience for those interested in rhymer.
Who: Open to All (bloggers and commenters needed)
Cost: FREE

Challenges for Illustrators

New: Postcard Boost Join Kidlitart tweeters as illustrators share their postcards in progress over a month, from development to mailing.

Contests & Awards

Manchester Writing Competition 

Feb. 3-May 5 The KBR Unpublished Picture Book Manuscript Award
  • What: picture books of 400 words or less.Winners will score $150, a manuscript appraisal, a certificate and the chance to have their manuscript viewed by Sue Whiting, Publishing Manager at Walker Books Australia. All participants receive feedback.
  • Who is eligible: There is an Australian, International and Illustrator segment.

Feb. 10-15  Sweetheart Deal for Picture Book Contest
  • What: Literary Agent, Terrie Wolf from AKA Literary Management, LLC is visiting Sharon’s blog and offering an opportunity to win a critique of their manuscript and a thirty minute phone call. 5 fiction and 5 non-fiction winners will be chosen. Winners announced February 27th.
  • Who is eligible: Picture Book Writers, first 51 entries
  • Future contests: MG in March, YA in April

Agents & Editors

Literary Agents on Twitter - another list by Tara Lazar

Diversity in Kidlit

Do Boys Get All the Fun? by Pippa Goodhart, reporting on studies showing that 80% of anthropomorphized characters are male

Off Beat Families- A List of 20 Kid Lit Books Off the Beaten Path

All Brown All Around - blog about Latinos in children's and YA books

Self Publishing and Marketing Books for Children With Karen Inglis

6 Great Blogs for Indie Writers

How to Create Great Promo Materialstips and tricks from author Kelly Bennett

Inspirational Things

"What Happened to Your Book" a poem by Kate Messner reminding us what is really important about writing for children