The Weekly 411 (1/22/16)

© Donna Wilson

Friday, January 22, 2016, Issue #4

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SCBWI Miami, Florida Conference Attendees: 

Please keep an eye out for Zebo Ludvicek's picture book dummy for KITE? It was last seen at #scbwiFL2016 on Fri. Jan 15, 2016 but has since mysteriously disappeared.

If you attended the conference, pleasepleaseplease do check through your papers and things to make sure you didn't accidentally pick it up off a table.
It's about 40 pages long, stapled, printed on Epson Matte Paper, 8.5 x 11" portrait orientation.

And (I hate to say it, but just in case) if you happen to notice this picture book dummy with someone else's name somewhere, please let Zebo or her agent know RIGHT AWAY !!!(!contact/csd).

More info about Zebo and her work here:

Thank you so much!

We had an exciting Birthday Bash where winners were picked on Jan. 21. Check the Rafflecopter Widgets on each day's contests to see the winners (and winners will be notified by email):

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.


New Literary Agent Alert: Molly O'Neil, former Editor at HarperCollins, looking for YA and MG, and select picture book illustrators or author-illustrators.


Our author spotlight feature the New York Times Bestselling author, LYNDA MULALLY HUNT! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopters at the end of her interview for your chance to win a signed copy of either FISH IN A TREE or ONE FOR THE MURPHYS.

Blogs to Follow

Brain Burps, by Katie Davis, all about the the craft and business of publishing, creating a market, and more. (Episode 191 is an interview with Kidlit411)

KidLitTakeaways - bite-sized bits of wisdom and inspiration for kidlit writers on the go

Let's Get Busy, by Matthew Winner of the Busy Librarian- interviews with authors, illustrators, and others in the kid lit industry; sharing the love of kid lit to the world

Tuesday Tours with Andrea Skyberg - tours of artists and illustrators, providing inspiration and tips

ReFoReMo with Carrie Charley Brown- Writer Carrie Charlie Brown shares her expertise on the importance of mentor texts. Also features a yearly challenge. (Registration opens in February)

Jan. 18 Query Contest with Agent Beth Phelan
  • What: Submit your query & first ten pages of your diverse story 
  • Who: diverse authors or those writing well-researched diverse stories, unagented & unpublished
  • Prize: winner will get query critique and critique of the first 50 pages of his or her ms

Feb. 11 #Pitmatch
  • What: Twitter #pitmad meets #MSWL - Brenda Drake's cupids will match pitches with agents' wish lists
  • Prizes: attention from agents
Feb. 26 Sustainable Arts Foundation
  • What: Apply for a $6,000 or $2,000 grant
  • Who: writers or artists who are also parents
  • Prize: Funds to help sustain your creative life

Beth Stilborn, proofreading, manuscript evaluation, developmental editing

Jan. 23rd Nonfiction Picture Book Webinar: What Do Editors Look For?  with Emily Feinberg, Roaring Brook Press  |  $35.00 Register Now + Add a critique with Asst. Editor Emily Feinberg, Roaring Brook Press

Jan. 25th - Part 2, Pacing Picture Books to Wow: Tools 11-15   |
Explore what Pacing Tools (#11-15) will do for your writing and participate in our weekend critique-athon.  Register Now


  1. Thanks so much Sylvia & Elaine, and congrats to all of the winners!!

  2. Yes, thank you so much Sylvia and Elaine for all your KidLit Contributions!

  3. What a wonderful celebration. Happiest of birthdays, kidlit411! You are a gift to your readers. ;)

  4. Your birthday bash was amazing. Thank you for the fun, and congratulations to all the winners :)

  5. The birthday bash was amazing! I'm thrilled I won such a wonderful prize! And your bulletin is always a welcome many golden opportunities. Thank you, Sylvia and Elaine!

  6. Love, love, loved the birthday bash! I was so thrilled to win a prize with the talented Candace Fleming! Thanks so much for creating this event, Sylvia and Elaine!

  7. Loved it. And the winning was only a part of it. Hanging here and seeing the Kidlit experience up close and personal was amazing. We inspire each other. That's a beautiful thing. Congrats on your 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2015 list win. XOXO


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