The Weekly 411 (1/9/15)

© Angela Padrón

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, Issue #2

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Did you miss our birthday bash posts? Stop by all of them and enter the giveaways, which end on January 15, 2015:
  • Monday, Jan. 5: All about Picture Books giveaways (signed books by Jane Yolen, Drew Daywalt, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Nick Bruel, and Tomie dePaola plus PB critiques)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 6: All about Craft giveaways (discounts to writing courses; free illustration course; phone critiques)


We welcome Kat Yeh in the Author Spotlight (with a giveaway), and Angela Padrón in the Illustrator Spotlight.  

Writing Contests & Awards

  • What: Submit the opening or a scene from an MG novel showing your characters doing something new 
  • Who: UK or European residents writing for ages 8-12
  • Prize: 30 minute phone call with agent Gemma Cooper of the Bent Agency

For Illustrators

Postcards and the 10% (Giuseppe Castellano)

The 10 Rules Every Artist Should Live By

Create One a Day - create something new every day and share it on your website or blog

2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Read 12 books that meet the 12 diverse requirements of the challenge

Marketing & Creating a Platform

Blogs to Follow

A Fuse 8 Production - the blog of well-known librarian blogger Betsy Bird

Reviewing Race

Top 7 Ways Authors are Using Instagram

Writing a Mystery for the Highlights 2015 Fiction Contest by Marcie Flinchum Atkins

July 13-17, 2015 Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers WorkshopOceanside, Oregon. A week long conference with a faculty of five authors, two editors, and an agent, with a lot of one-on-one contact.

Oct. 17, 2015 Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature's One-on-One Conference, New Brunswick, NJ. One on one mentoring and interaction with authors, illustrators, editors, and agents. 

Inspirational Things


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