The Weekly 411 (8/1/14)

© Elys Dolan

August 1, 2014, Issue #30

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This week's author-illustrator in the spotlight is Elys Dolan, author-illustrator of very funny picture books.


New Literary Agent Alert: Whitney Abell of Inklings Literary is seeking YA & MG

New Literary Agent Alert: Siobhan McBride of Serendipity Literary Agency is seeking daring YA

We Need Diverse Books incorporates as a nonprofit.

SCBWI Work In Progress Grants announced. Congrats to all the winners!

The annual SCBWI LA conference will happen this weekend. Follow the conference on Twitter (#LA14SCBWI)

"12 Ways to Read a Picture Book" 

100 Twitter Hashtags Every Writer Should Know

10 Tips for Promoting Your Book on Twitter

How Important is Social Media to Agents? by Janet Reid

Agent Sara Megibow on Whether You Still Need an Agent

Submission Tip Checklist: Double Check These 16 Things Before Sending Your Book Out (Chuck Sambuchino)

New Literary Agents: 5 Questions to Ask Before Querying a Newbie

Agents Wave the Red Flags

Bad Agent - more red flags to consider

"Querying Tip: Subject Line" Christa Heschke

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Jules Danielson runs a blog that she characterizes as a literary salon where writers and artists converge to talk about children’s books. She features interviews, reviews, and other information with an illustration focus.

Aug. 9  Creative Writing Institute's Short Story Contest

  • What: Write a short story with the theme "What Could Possibly Go Wrong"
  • Award: $200 or writing course plus publication in anthology

Aug 18 Brenda Drake's Pitch Wars

  • What: win a chance to be mentored for 2 months for a MG, YA, NA, or adult fiction ms, to be polished for agent submissions. An agent round will occur in November
  • When: Apply to mentors during a 24 hour period August 18
  • Award: a mentor for 2 months and the chance to participate in the Agent round on Nov. 4-5

Sept. 1  Commonword Diversity Children's Prize

  • What: search for debut children's writer whose work embraces ethnic diversity
  • Eligibility: UK residents over 16
  • Prize: £ 500 & professional mentoring by Catherine Pellegrino