The Weekly 411 (3/6/15)

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Friday, March 6, 2015, Issue #10

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This week we feature PB author Ana Crespo (don't miss her fabulous giveaways) and illustrator Josh O'Brien.

Jennifer Laughran: REAL TALK: Six Figure Book Deals

Crafting an Effective Plot for Children’s Books

Picture Book A to Zs Revision PB authors Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Marcie Colleen, along with agent Susan Hawk from the Bent Agency, team up to teach the fundamentals of revisions. The five week course starts April 13, 2015.

Free webinar March 18, 8 p.m. EDT The Unwritten: What You Don't Say When Writing Picture Books. Join Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson on how picture books work. They will also introduce their webinar series: Revising and Re-Imagining your Picture BookApril 29-June 3. 

June 12-14, 2015 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference. A conference to learn about all aspects of nonfiction children's publishing, with workshops, one-on-one critiques, and more. (New York, NY)

Top Editor Emma Dryden on Working With Editors and Acting Professionally (video)

The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

The Diversity Gap in Children's Publishing, 2015

Writing about Minorities for Non-minorities

Graphic Novel imprint First Second's Submission Guidelines

The Business of Self-Publishing Children's Books: Two Agents Weigh In

  • What: Submit a PB, Novel, or Anything Else for Children
  • Prizes: First place: $50, professional critique, and free RYS membership; 2nd place: free RYS membership & professional critique; 3rd place: professional critique
  • Fee: free to RYS members, $5 for others
June 15 Katherine Patterson Prize for YA and Children's Writing
  • What: 3 categories, YA, MG, under 10,000 words and PB 
  • Prize: Grand prize is $1,000 and publication in HUNGER MOUNTAIN, category prizes of $100 and publication