The Weekly 411 (12/23/16)

© Lisa Falkenstern

Dec. 23, 2016, Issue #51

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Call for kite-themed illustrations!  Did you submit a kite-themed postcard for the SCBWI contest? We'd love to feature it on on our main landing page. Send a low-res image (at least 600 pixels wide) to kidlit411 (at) kidlit411 (dot) com.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Kidlit411!

Author-Illustrator Spotlight

The illustrator spotlight is on picture book author-illustrator Lisa Falkerstern!

Critique Groups

Inked Voices, a paid service that connects people to online critique groups.  Check out some current offerings, which include feedback from agents and authors:
  • Inked Voices offers online, workshop-only classes for middle grade and young adult fiction writers led by editors and authors. Writers share large sections of their work and, after each round of critique, the group convenes by conference call for discussion. Groups typically last 3 months and allow 3-5 writers. 

Writing Challenges

Jan. 1-31 Storystorm with Tara Lazar.
What:  Formerly known as PiBoIdMo, come up with one new story idea each day of the month. Join a private FB group, get inspired by authors, and win prizes.   

Mar. 1- 31 Chapter Book Challenge with Becky Fyfe
What: Write the first draft of your early reader, chapter book, MG, or YA novel in a month. Get inspired by other authors & win prizes.

Mar. 1-31 Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) with Carrie Charley Brown
What: A month of reading and researching mentor picture books. Join a private FB group, get inspirational posts, and win prizes. Sign up begins Feb. 15.

May 1 -7 National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) with Paula Yoo

What: Write 7 picture book manuscript drafts in one week. Get inspired by authors & win prizes.

Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge - Join a community of writers on Twitter committed to writing 500 words a day. Use #DecWritingChallenge, #JanWritingChallenge, etc.

2017 Picture Book Reading Challenge - challenge yourself to read a variety of picture books next year

12 Days of Christmas For Writers- Julie Hedlund

Jan. 25 9 p.m. EST Webinar with Giuseppe Castellano: 10 Mistakes Illustrators Make

How to Get Real and Get an Agent

A Mexican-American artist on Why More Brown Faces are Needed in Children's Books


  1. Lisa - your illustrations are completely amazing! Thank you for featuring her!

  2. Reserving a copy of your book today from my library. Looking forward to examining each page in detail.


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