The Weekly 411 (4/24/15)

© Teresa Robeson

Friday, April 24, 2015, Issue #17

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This week we feature nonfiction author Jennifer Swanson.

KidLit411 Exclusive!

Jennifer Swanson is so excited about co-teaching the first strategic career-building course, Writing for Love AND Money, at the Children's Book Academy that she and Mira are offering an exclusive to the first 20 people to sign up here only will the first 20 KidLit411 folks receive a $100 saving on the course but they will also receive a Social Media Mastery Course AND a course on the brilliant writing and career tracking software Scrivener!  

Check out their free 15 minute video with tips, available only until April 30: it is packed with info on connecting with and making yourself attractive to editors and agents, creating publishing prospects and submissions tracking templates, and thinking outside the big 5 publishing box. We've been getting some fabulous responses to it. Here it is 


For Writers

An Excellent Pinterest Board with Writing Advice

Marcie Colleen -Teacher's Guides  Authors- If you're looking for teaching resources to accompany your picture books, which will increase your opportunities for school and library visits.

Wondering what POETRY FRIDAY is all about? Check out this post by Renee LaTulippe to find out how to get in on the action.

Social Media

Picture Books

Top 20 Picture Book Agents -Agent Lori Kilkelly of Rodeen Literary is on this list, read her KidLit411 interview here.

Writing Is Rewriting

7 Crucial Questions to Ask About Your Manuscript- Tara Lazar

Words & Pictures: "Picture Book Basics: Pace, Drama, Action!" A thorough overview of the basics of putting together picture books from an illustration perspective.

May 17 Logo Contest for Nick's Ten-Minute Blog Break

  • What: Submit a logo for Word & Picture's weekly round up of blog posts
  • Who: SCBWI member
  • Prize: Your logo is adopted & you get a mention in W&P

June 15-19, 2015 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers In its 15th year, this conference offers workshops and classes for writers of picture books to young adult novels. This year our instructors include: Kathi Appelt, Julie Berry, Dave Farland, Carol Lynch Williams, and many more.

Sept. 10-13  Picture Book Master Class with Jane Yolen

Join  9 other picture book authors (published or contracted only) in a three-day intensive master class at Jane Yolen's home. (Western Massachusetts)