The Weekly 411 (3/14/14)

© Michael Garland

March 14, 2014, Issue 10

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Get SCRIVNER for 50% off until midnight CST 3/19/14

Agent Mira Reisberg and author Hillary Homzie are offering a free webinar, Why Editors Want Chapter Books and How to Write Them on Friday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m. PST.

Will Terry's School of Visual Storytelling is offering a free webinar, drawing in perspective on Thursday, Mar. 20, 7 p.m. MST. 

Albert Whitman is now accepting unagented submissions. See their website for more details.

"Children's Books: A Shifting Market" article at Publisher's Weekly


This week we debuted our new section on Chapter Books. Lots happening in this part of the kidlit world.

Writing Courses

Write a Middle Grade Novel in One Month with Nancy Saunders (also posted in Middle Grade)

Just Write for Middle Grade! Emma Walton Hamilton's 14 week course on chapter books and middle grade (also posted in Chapter Books & Middle Grade)

Just Write for Young Adults! Emma Walton Hamilton's 14 week course on writing YA (also posted in YA)

The Chapter Book Alchemist presented by The Children's Book Academy. Instructors are the amazing Dr. Mira Reisburg and children's book author, Hillary Homzie. 

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Should I submit to an Agent or a Publisher? Romelle Broas gives some tips and provides good links

Contests & Awards

Mar. 5-ongoing  Red Light Green Light with  Cynthea Liu
  • What: submit the first 125 words of a PB, MG, or YA MS and receive a green light to submit more, or a red light to go back and submit another. Winners in short & long works get a free critique and an opportunity to submit to Jen RofĂ© at Andrea Brown Literary agency.
  • When: began March 5, wait for each new round to join in
Mar. 17 - Mar 31 Amtrak Writing Residency
  • What: Apply for 24 free long distance round trip tickets on Amtrak for any writer who wants to write & be inspired by the countryside, with sleeping berth, desk and outlets. Note some concerns about giving Amtrak publication rights to application material.
June 15    SCBWI Tomie dePaola Illustration Contest Part 1
  • What: winning illustration entry gets a free trip to the winter SCBWI conference in New York and lunch with Tomie de Paola. Note this year's competition is a two-part competition.
  • Who is eligible: SCBWI members

Resources (Books & More)

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books - subject matter index of 12,000 to 15,000 picture books published from 2000-2009

"Looking for a Critique Group?" Tips from Elaine Kearns