The Weekly 411 (6/6/14)

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June 6, 2104 Issue # 22

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This week we welcome Ame Dyckman in the Author Spotlight, and Andrea Skyberg in the Illustrator Spotlight.


Agent News: Heather Alexander joined Pippin Properties as a literary agent. Heather is looking for "a broad range of children’s book authors and illustrators, from picture books through young adult, including graphic novels. She’s most interested in unique characters, strong voices, and quirky humor.”

Agent Alert: Agent Renee Nyen of kt literary is looking for YA and MG

Agent Sarah Davies and YA author Jessie Humphries guest post on Literary Rambles and are giving away a query critique and more.

Have you heard about the Amazon & Hachette dispute? Emma Walton Hamilton explains how this dispute hurts authors: "Amazon v. Hachette: A Custody Battle for the Future of Books?" David Sedaris and children's author-illustrator Nina Laden on NPR: "Authors Angered over Amazon's dispute with Publisher Hachette." Independent publisher Martin Sheppard takes another view, defending Amazon: "Who's Afraid of" Author David Gaughran looks at motives of the key players: "Amazon v Hachette: Don't Believe the Spin"

For Writers

13 Ways to Convince a Literary Agent to Represent You

The Chicago Manual of Style: New Questions and Answers

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

Oct. 18 - Rutger's One on One Conference for children's writers and illustrators. Spend a day with an assigned mentor (experienced authors, illustrators, editors, art directors and agents), participate in roundtables and discussions. 

Facebook Groups You Should Join, Kathy Halsey


  1. Wow, ty for mentioning the GROG!

  2. Hip, hip, hooray, Kathy! You have put the GROG Blog on the map! Thank you. I am proud to be a GROGger! ~Suzy Leopold

  3. Congrats, Kathy and the GROG. Good job :D

  4. The GROG rocks! Good job Kathy, Suzy and Jackie!


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