The Weekly 411 (8/12/16)

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Friday, Aug 12, 2016, Issue #33

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This week we feature founder of Children's Book Insider, The Newsletter for Children's Writers, Laura Backes. Enter to win a seat at this years Picture Book Summit, the premiere one-day online writing conference for picture books.


Agent News: 10 Literary Agents Seeking Picture Books Now

New agent alert: Lauren Spieller of Triada US Literary Agency looking for MG & YA

New agent alert:  Shannon Powers at McIntosh & Otis looking for MG & YA

Read about The Return of the Children's Specialty Bookstore

The Biography Pie

Fiction to Nonfiction and the New Mashups in Between

Nonfiction of Olympic Proportions 

Is Your Idea a Picture Book, Chapter Book, or Middle Grade Novel?

The Four Psychological Stages of #amquerying

  • What: enter to win a critique of your work, plus free books and a subscription to
  • Who: Writers of contemporary or literary YA (no sci-fi or fantasy)
  • Prize: agent's critique (past winners have been signed on)

College Kid Lit Conferences -listing of children's literature conferences around the country

Sept. 20 - Writing Picture Books Live with Ann Whitford Paul, School of Visual Storytelling  Join Ann Whitford Paul who wrote the book on writing picture books (WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: A HANDS ON GUIDE FROM STORY CREATION TO PUBLICATION) for a comprehensive 12-week course with individual critiques. Limited to 20 students.

Kid lit Summer School 2016- summer school is over but you can catch up on four weeks of amazing posts with tips on writing picture books