The Weekly 411 (3/28/14)

© Mercer Mayer

March 28, 2014, Issue 12

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We are thrilled to feature the legendary Mercer Meyer in our Author-Illustrator Spotlight this week.


New Agent Alert: Sara Sciuto Joins Foreword Literary -Seeks PB, MG and YA

SCBWI-MI is giving away a free registration to Julie Hedlund's Author as Entrepreneur webinar. You can enter to win even if you've already signed up. Click here for the info: Julie Hedlund

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!

Movers and Shakers: Publisher's Marketplace Lunch

How To Make Any Book Better By Adding Tension (under Plotting)

Writing Research: Types of Books, Audience Type, Promotion, Author Bio's: Random House (PDF, free download)

High Concept Picture Book Definition

28 Tips on Author Websites

Platform Building for Children's Book Writers

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Query Tips by Kathy Temean

Agency Database - Worldwide listings on Literary Rejections site

"On Diversity Within Diversity" on Writability

"Is My Character 'Black Enough'? Advice on Writing Cross-Culturally" by Stacy Whitman, Editorial Director & Publisher of Tu Books

April 9 Dear Lucky Agent YA contest

  • What: Win a critique of your first ten pages of a YA novel by agent Andrea Somberg & a one-year subscription to Writer's Digest

June 29  Golden Baobab Prizes (African writers/illustrators)
  • What: $5000 prize and opportunity to get children's stories published (picture books, chapter books, rising writers/illustrators, illustrators)

List of Online Writing Courses, compiled by Vonna Carter