The Weekly 411 (9/25/15)

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Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, Issue #39                                                                                  

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Read about the latest trends in ebooks: The Plot Twist: Ebook Sales Slip and Print Books are Far From Dead

Submission Opportunity to Balzer + Bray for SCBWI members only until Dec 1.

KidLit411 Peeps! Last chance to register for the Picture Book Summit, an online conference taking place on October 3rd. Recordings will be available for those who can't attend live, but you have to register. PLUS, this just in: there will be a (virtual) PJ party on Sunday, Sept. 27th where your hosts, Julie Hedlund, Katie Davis, Emma Walton Hamilton, Laura Backes, and Jon Bard will all be wearing pajamas AND giving away cool prizes. All four agents participating will be accepting submissions from attendees. There will be NO latecomers (sorry!)

Manuscript Swap: Kidlit 411 Manuscript Swap has successfully matched writers seeking to swap critiques. Come check it out!


This week we have the distinct pleasure of featuring the talented author Yvonne Mes with two new picture books, MEET SIDNEY NOLAN and OLIVER'S GRUMBLES.

Marketing & Creating a Platform

How to Talk to a Bookseller: A 10-Step Guide for Authors

8 Rules of Writing Historical Fiction Research

7 Rules to Be Successful as an Author

What's In a Cover?

10 Tips For Writing Children's Picture Books

Some Kids' Books Are Worth The Wait: 'They Do Take Time,' Says Kevin Henkes

90 Things to Know About Your Characters Before Writing

Oct. 1   #WriteDummy Fall Writing Challenge
  • When: September - December
  • What: In anticipation of 2016 round Picture Book Dummy Challenge, #KidLitArt is hosting a writing challenge. To be put in a critique group, you must register by October 1st. All participants are asked to sign the Honor Agreement. The goal is to have a final draft ready to use for the PB Dummy Challenge in 2016.
  • Who: Anyone who has signed the honor agreement
  • Recorded Google Hangout:


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