The Weekly 411 (2/21/14)

© 2006 Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Feb. 21, 2014 Issue 7

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This week's Author Spotlight is Tara Lazar, and the Illustrator Spotlight is Heidi Sheffield.


Agent News:

Jenny Bent (Bent Agency) is looking for "classic YA or MG fantasy with a good hook and epic feel" (1/17/14)

Susan Hawk (Bent Agency) is looking for YA and MG: "a big, juicy fantasy, with gorgeous, complex world-building and high stakes, that's not at the expense of your characters" and lots more details about other YA & MG stories (1/24/14)

Creative Authors Ltd. is looking for illustrated books

Mandy Hubbard (D4EO Literary Agency) is looking for MG and YA

Rodeen Literary is actively looking for talented authors and illustrators in all categories of children's literature

Other Kidlit News:

The Craft of Craft Emma Dryden tells us about the conferences she will visit this year to teach the craft of writing

The sold out 15th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference is taking place this weekend in New York City. Follow along on Twitter with #NY14SCBWI.

On Feb. 26, agents will be tweeting their wish list using the #MWSL hashtag.

On Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. PST, the New Leaf Literary Agency will be tweeting about submissions and queries at #NaNoNewLeaf.

Classified / Wanted

See our new additions to this section, including a call for authors to participate in the website Raising Book Monsters to encourage a passion for books in children. 

For Writers

Word Count Dracula by Jennifer Laughran (great list of word counts in all categories)

How to Write Children's Picture Books

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

Do's and Don'ts of Attending a Conference

Blogs to Follow

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Contests & Awards

In addition to this page, Sub it Club runs a monthly post of writing contests. Check out their February Contest Roundup.

New additions this week include:

Feb. 28  2014 Manchester Writing for Children Prize (poetry for children agest 5-12)

March 3 - April 4  The Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing (writing contest for Australian & New Zealand residents)

April 1  Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (humor poems)

Poetry and Rhyme

Rhymes and Misdemeanors by Hope Vestergaard

Poetry Contests 

Mar. 1: The Carriage House Poetry Prize Submit up to 2 poems about trees. $250 first prize and publication. 

Mar. 31: The Foley Poetry Contest. Submit a poem under 30 lines. $1000 first prize. Snail mail only.

Indie Publishing

Author Earnings: The Report - read the report that everyone in indie publishing is talking about. Hugh Howey breaks down what authors are earning in self-publishing. Also read some critical responses (Dear Author, Courtney Milan) and other responses (Mark Coker).

What Your Friends Can't Tell You About Your Self-Published Book