The Weekly 411 (12/9/16)

© Elisa Kleven

Dec. 9, 2016, Issue #49

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Trend watch: Golden Headsets: Audiobooks' Growth is Music to Publishers' Ears

New agency alert: Danielle Smith has opened a new literary agency, Lupine Grove Creative. Open to queries after Jan. 15.


This week we feature picture book author Michelle Meadows. Enter her giveaway of her latest book, SUPER BUGS, illustrated by Bill Mayer (Orchard Books).

We also feature picture book author-illustrator Elisa Kleven. Enter her giveaway of THE HORRIBLY HUNGRY GINGERBREAD BOY (Heyday).

Submissions: Agents & Editors

How to Smartly Evaluate a Small Publisher

Is My Query Letter Ready for Submission?

Publish Your Own Book: Self Publishing Tips and Costs

Jan 9: The Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books, co-taught by Random House/Knopf editor Kelly Delaney and Dr. Mira Reisberg, is five fun, time-flexible weeks of interaction, instruction and mentoring, tons of handouts, worksheets, guest interviews, direct submission Golden Ticket opportunities getting students’ already critiqued pitches in front of acquiring editors and agents, and more. 

Dec. 12  Susanna Hill's 6th Annual Holiday Contest

  • What: write a holiday themed story under 300 words in the format of the Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Prizes: critiques and classes

Dec. 15  Highlights Foundation Artists-in-Residence Scholarship
  • What: Apply for one of four scholarships for Highlights Foundation programs
  • Who: Writers who demonstrate serious purpose and financial need

Dec. 20 Children's Book Academy Yuyi Morales Scholarship

  • What: apply for a scholarship to the Children's Book Academy's Jan 9 class, The Craft and Business of Writing Children's Books, co-taught by Mira Reisberg & Random House/Knopf editor Kelly Delaney
  • Who: writers & illustrators who identify as an underrepresented group or of low-income
  • Prize: scholarship for online class


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