The Weekly 411 (8/22/14)

© Arree Chung

August 22, 2014, Issue #33

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* NEW AT KIDLIT 411  *

New Resource Page: Legal Resouces for Creatives, covering intellectual property, business & tax law, children's privacy online, and more.

Manuscript Swap group: Kidlit411 Manuscript Swap has been up and running for two weeks and has successfully matched many writers seeking to swap critiques. Come check it out. 


CYBILS (Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards): Call for Judges (Interested in being part of the CYBILS awards? Do you blog about kidlit? Apply to be a judge)

KidLit411 was featured by Katie Davis! Check out the podcast here! If You're Writing a Children's Book, Get the KidLit411 here!

New Literary Agent Alert: Soumeya Bendimerad of the Susan Golomb Literary Agency- Seeking MG and YA


This week we feature debut PB author-illustrator Arree Chung.

Query Letters

"Query Letters: The Narrative Breakdown" (podcast)

5 Myths About Dialogue

There Are No Rules

12 Dumb Things Writers Do to Sidetrack Their Own Success

Platform Building for the Pre-Published Author

Writer's Beware: Agents (things to watch out for)

Back Door Routes to Getting an Agent

Sept. 9  #PITMAD  
  • What: Twitter pitch party with agents and editors. Check the website for rules and additional details including a participating list of agents and editors. 
  • Who: Anyone with a Twitter account
  • Prize: agent and editor requests for manuscripts 

  • What: Submit two original illustrations for the first book in the “Gusto & Gecko Travel the World” series by Longzhen Han
  • Eligibility: Illustrators
  • Prize: AUD$500 and opportunity to be commissioned to complete illustrations for the book

  • What: Submit any previously unpublished work of 40,000 words or more. 
  • Eligibility:  Writers with a work that has not been published in any form, including self-publishing.
  • Prize: $5000 and a contract with The Story Planet. Runner-s up win an iPad Mini loaded with a year’s worth of Story Planet books.

  • What: Submit any previously unpublished work of up to 20,000 words. 20 winners chosen.
  • Eligibility: Writers with a work that has not been published in any form, including self-publishing.
  • Prize: Publication in the Authors First anthology to be published by The Story Planet


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