The Weekly 411 (7/14/17)

© Teresa Robeson

July 14,  2017, vol. 28

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Today we are very honored and excited to feature author Susanna Leonard Hill and her three new picture books WHEN YOUR LION NEEDS A BATH, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, WHEN YOUR ELEPHANT HAS THE SNIFFLES, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, and THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT, illustrated by Erica Sirotich (all Little Simon 2017).! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter to win a copy of her books!

For Writers

Avoid these Plot Problems: Overly Complex Plot and Flat Plot

Acquisition Basics: From Submission to Contract By Harold Underdown

KIDLIT COLLEGE- July 18 - Two Editors on Nonfiction Writing: Emily Feinberg & Claire Dorsett- Just a few spots left-register today! Includes a special submission opportunity!


Just opening: Stephanie Pitts crit-n-chats. From Crit-N-Chat to Requested to Contract. A new Crit-N-Chat just opened with Stephanie Pitts. Jump in and hold your spot! 

NEW! Rhyme Solutions- by Jess Carroll. Excellent freelance services for your rhyming manuscripts. Recommended by KidLit11.

New agent at Red Fox Literary- I am pleased to announce that former Little Bee editor Jenna Pocius has joined Red Fox Literary as our newest agent, and she will be open to submissions for four weeks, closing on August 10th, 2017. 

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit one manuscript via email to: with the subject line stating: 


PICTURE BOOKS: Please submit a query letter with the full manuscript pasted within the body of the e-mail.

ILLUSTRATORS: Please send cover letter in body of email and illustration samples as attachments.

OLDER FICTION AND NONFICTION: Please submit a query letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages pasted within the body of the e-mail.

NOT LOOKING FOR: Adult fiction/nonfiction, poetry collections, short stories, religious texts, alphabet books, illustrators for the educational market

We thank you for your interest in working with us, and look forward to seeing your material!

Good luck!