The Weekly 411 (5/13/16)

© Andrea Zuill

Friday, May 13, 2016, Issue #20

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This week we have Minh LĂȘ in the Author Spotlight and Andrea Zuill in the Author-IIlustrator spotlight!


Want to know what two school librarians want to see published? Check out Two School Librarians Write a Publishing Wishlist

Why Pay Authors For School Visits Anyway?

High Concept Picture Book Definition

How To Write a Picture Book by Mac Barnett

How to Make a Picture Book "Re-Readable"

The Industry Standard for Word Counts (PB, MG, YA, Novels)

AR Book Finder - Find the word counts of your favorite books. Plug in the title under the Advanced Search and you will get the word count. 

Should I Submit to Editors First 

The Top 20 Publishers for New Authors

Middle Grade Writing Advice 

4 Keys to Writing Middle Grade 


A five-week interactive online class with authors Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Marcie Colleen focusing on plot in children's picture books.

The May 2016 course will be taught by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Marcie Colleen, and special guest lecturer, Agent Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency!

KIDLIT COLLEGE: PACING PICTURE BOOKS TO WOW! *FREE WEBINAR* ask questions about the 4-week class or the Advanced Pacing to WOW that follows and will begin in July. Register here and log in:

Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe- A low residency MFA in Writing has added a new MFA track in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Designed by writers, for writers, SNC Tahoe's low-residency MFA program boasts a faculty of noteworthy children’s and young adult authors and industry professionals including: Ellen Hopkins, A.S. King, Lisa Papademetriou, Joe MCGee, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Gayle Brandeis, Pablo Cartaya, and children's literary agent, Jess Regel. In addition to faculty author and agent mentors, students work with an editor during their graduating semester. It's one of the only programs in the country to offer such a unique graduate education. Admissions are rolling. To apply: 

Children's Book Writing Workshop Opportunity with Emma Dryden

Editor Emma Dryden is leading a five-day children's book writing workshop in July. They will be exploring first impressions of our work, voice, character building, world building, and revision techniques. It promises to be a creative, inspiring week of work and play--with a few ah ha! moments!

And it all takes places in beautiful Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard island in Massachusetts. 

You can register here, and if you sign up before May 15, there is a discount: