The Weekly 411 (9/16/16)

© Lori Richmond

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, issue #38

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Free webinar on Sept 20, 9 p.m. EST:  Join Ann Whitford Paul as she answers questions about her new picture book writing course with the School of Visual Storytelling. Send an email to svslearninfo (at) gmail (dot) com to get log in instructions.

The National Book Awards long list for young people's literature is up. Put these amazing titles on your To Read list.


This week we feature agent Jess Regel of Foundry Literary + Media, and author-illustrator Lori Richmond, whose debut picture book A HOP IS UP! just came out. Be sure to enter the giveaways for a golden ticket with Jess Regel and a copy of the book.

Tips for Writing Picture Books: Story Arc Components

  • What: Illustrators submit an illustration of your younger self, showing emotion, in a scene, printed out
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: Recognition, trip to NY SCBWI conference

From Manuscript to Bookshelf: How a Book Gets Published

School Visits

Sept. 21 The Ultimate Guide to School Visits. Hosted by Children's Book Insider, award-winning author Teresa Funke will give her best tips and practices for setting up exceptional school visits, including how to contact teachers, how to organize the presentation to best fit your speaking style and audience, and what to NEVER do. All registrants will have access to the full recording, even if they can't attend live.

Smart Dummies - Challenge yourself to finish a dummy in one month.  Registration is now open. Get daily inspiration and a chance for prizes, plus the satisfaction of completing a dummy.

Oct. 10 Joyce Sweeney's Revision Course. 10 weeks of video lessons and an interactive forum on revising your work. Joyce Sweeney has coached 57 people from concept to traditional publication.


We are less than 40 members away from 3500 members in our Facebook group. Join our group and refer a friend and enter to win one of SIX prizes (each prize is 1-2 books, which could be PB, MG, or YA). You must be a member of our FB group to win.

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  1. Fantastic Giveaway! Shared on Twitter.

  2. Just asked to join the Face Book page :) new member! Waiting on approval.

  3. what a great resource!
    I shared info about kidslit and the give-away at the children's book academy class I am taking right now


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