The Weekly 411 (1/15/16)

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Friday, January 15, 2016, Issue #3

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We are very excited to wrap up our 2nd Birthday Bash with bestselling author-illustrator TAMMI SAUER

It's KIDLIT411's Birthday Bash Week! Have you entered our giveaways?
Most of the giveaways end on Thursday, Jan. 21. A few will be picked today (Friday, Jan. 15, at noon).

Did you enjoy the Birthday Bash? 

We run this site on a shoestring, but even shoestrings cost money. If you have found this site helpful and would like to contribute a small amount, we would be very grateful.


In other exciting news, Kidlit411 was named #24 on Feedspot's Top 100 Writing Blogs for Authors and Bloggers!


Nosy Crow has put out a request for submissions from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) authors

Diversity in Kidlit

Why Are There So Few Girls in Childrens' Books?

For the Self Publisher

Mar 4-6 Big Sur Writing Conference Andrea Brown agents and leading editors and industry professionals work one on one with serious writers for PB, chapter books, MG, and YA. (Big Sur, CA)

Sept. 8-12 Loon Song A kid lit writing retreat, in partnership with the Vermont College of Arts Master of Writing for Children and Young Adults, with a stellar faculty line up. (Elbow Lake, MN)

Feb. 1 4 p.m. 2016 Snow v Sun Contest
  • What: Enter for a chance to be mentored by experienced authors to polish your manuscript for agents to read. Only the first 200 entries will be considered
  • Prize: Chance for agent representation
  • What: Submit a pitch and the first 250 words of your MS. Top 60 go to agent round, where agents play games with other agents to request their favorite pitches.
  • Prize: Attention from agents, chance of representation


  1. The last two entry boxes for day 3 won't load for me. Any suggestions?

  2. Thank you for such a great week of Informative, uplifting, motivating, posts!!!


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