The Weekly 411 (5/4/18)

© Mette Engell

May 4, 2018, vol. 18

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updates. Are you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie


We have a special Agent Spotlight on Fiona Kenshole of Transatlantic Agency. She will teach a webinar on Tuesday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, How to Make Your Manuscript Stand Out from the Crowdco-hosted by Inked Voices and Kidlit411. Read her interview to find out about a special submission opportunity for Kidlit411 readers. 

May 15: How to Make Your Story Stand Out from the Crowd: We see so many manuscripts that are competently written and well plotted - but does yours have the "sparkle factor" that makes it irresistible? In this talk we'll go beyond craft to get to the heart of how to tell the story you need to tell, why it matters, and how to surprise and delight your readers. We'll look at voice, character, plot and, above all, emotional engagement.


We are excited to feature author J.H. Diehl (Jean Diehl) and her debut middle grade novel, TINY INFINITIES (Chronicle Books, 2018). Be sure to enter to win a copy at the end of this interview.

Cover art © Maggie Enterrios

We are also excited to feature three YA debut authors:
  • Britta Lundin, SHIP IT (Free Form, May 1, 2018)
  • Taryn Ashford, THE HARPER EFFECT (Sky Pony Press, May 15, 2018)
  • Anna Hecker, WHEN THE BEAT DROPS (Sky Pony Press, May 15, 2018)
Enter to win all three books!


Eric Castleman is in the Illustrator Spotlight for his Kidlit411 banner design. His banner is posted on our website and Facebook page for the month of May.

Feedback: Too Much of a Good Thing

Aug 7  Pitch Wars 
  • What: pitch your YA, MG, or adult ms in an effort to get a mentor to help polish your ms for an agent round. Note new schedule.
  • Prize: mentorship on your novel and the chance to grab the attention of agents
Navigating Middle Grade Books

Pixar Shorts: Mentor Texts for PBs

12 Picture Book Topics to Avoid

11 Best Ideas to Brainstorm Picture Books

Paying for a Professional Critique - Some Thoughts

Is Your Definition of Author Success All Wrong?


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  1. I absolutely love May's kidlit411 header! Great job Eric Castleman. :)


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