The Weekly 411 (10/3/14)

© Hazel Mitchell

Oct. 3, 2014, Issue #39

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Leigh Feldman announced in Publisher's Marketplace that she has left Writer's House and is opening her own agency, the Leigh Feldman Literary Agency. She is very selective and open to YA. "Whether I'm reading literary fiction or narrative nonfiction, memoir or young adult, I look for books that, from the beginning, make me want to just drop everything and read all day. I look for complex, believable, sympathetic characters that win me over completely, compelling me to care about them and making me desperate to know what happens to them. I want to be transported into another world when I read, but I also want new and unexpected insight into the world we all live in." Query with first chapter or 10 pages to assistant (at) lfliterary (dot) com. 

Comings and goings at Transatlantic Agency: Sandra Bishop joins, Jennifer Starkman leaves, agents are open to queries 

Are you following #MSWL (manuscript wish lists posted by agents)? Jenny Bent compiled some recent ones (lots of MG&YA): 
The Recent #MSWL by Beth

Kidlit Writing School has some great classes starting on October 6:  Picture Books A to Z (with Sudipta Barden-Quallen) and Crafting the Kidlit Novel (with Kami Kinard & Rebecca Petruck)


This week's author-illustrator is Hazel Mitchell, whose new book that she illustrated, IMANI'S MOON, by JaNay Brown-Wood, is coming out October 14.

Eve Bunting: Pointers for Writing Powerful Picture Books

May 1- 7, 2015 NaPiBoWriWee with Paula Yoo

What: Write 7 picture book manuscripts in 7 days. Get inspired with guest posts with prizes.

But I Don't Want My Story to Rhyme

  • What: Submit a picture book manuscript or the first 5,000 words plus summary of a longer work
  • Prize: €1,000 and possible representation by A.M. Heath agency
  • Eligibility: unagented children's writers born or residing in Ireland, or holding an Irish passport
Dec. 15 SCBWI Spark Award
  • What: Enter your indie published children's book
  • Prize: Spark seal, commemorative plaque, & free tuition to SCBWI conference
  • Eligibility: Must be self published