The Weekly 411 (3/21/14)

© Maple Lam

March 21, 2014, Issue 11

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We are excited to have New York Times bestselling author Drew Daywalt (THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT) in the Author Spotlight and the talented Maple Lam in the Illustrator Spotlight.  


NY Peeps! Julie Gribble is hosting a KID LIT Brunch with Mary Sullivan, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winning author of BALL this Sunday, March 30th. Click the link to join in the fun!

The next Pitmad is Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014: pitch your children's book or YA novel to agents

KidLit Brunch With Author Mary Sullivan

Agent Alert- Open call for MG and YA Submissions to Agent Caitlen Rubino Bradway of the LKG Agency.

Agent Carly Waters of PS Literary gives us her wish list (3/17/14) (high concept, commercial PB, MG, & YA)

Dear is having a FREE FULL MANUSCRIPT EDIT Giveaway! (PB, ER, MG, YA, NA) Contest ends March 22 at midnight CST.

Writing Opportunities collected by Vonda Skelton- Many genres, many contests.

Don't forget to check out our Contests & Awards page. Some good ones with March deadlines:

Huge List of Children's Publishers

"When to Show, When to Tell, and When to Do a Bit of Both" by Kat Zhang

The Book: SCBWI's resource directory of publishers, agents, and more

Diversity in Kidlit

"The Apartheid of Children's Literature", by Christopher Myers (N.Y. Times)

"Where are the People of Color in Children's Books," Walter Dean Myers

"Diversity 101: The Multiracial Experience," Monica Brown

Where Can I Find Great Diverse Children's Books - list of publishers that focus on diverse books

Author Website Series - a month long feature on how to set up an author website

Blogger tips - technical and general tips on how to get the most out of a Blogger blog 

Indie Publishing

Writers Network Sites -In this free online creative writing community, writers and poets can post their writing, get feedback and discuss writing-related topics in the forums and live chat rooms. 


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you've included Diversity in Kid Lit. Adore the illustration, too.

    1. Thanks, Kathy. Be sure to check out the Diversity tab - lots of good links there. I love Maple Lam's illustrations too.

  2. Another fabulous weekly round-up! You guys are awesome! :)

    1. Thanks, Susanna. We enjoy doing this, and it's thanks to the generosity of everyone in the kidlit world who post and share these links that we know about them.

    2. Thanks, Susanna. Ditto to what Sylvia said. :)


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