The Weekly 411 (7/20/18)

© Kathryn Ault Noble

July 20, 2018 vol. 29

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


Today we are pleased to feature author Bree Barton and her debut YA novel, HEART OF THORNS (KT/HarperCollins 2018 July 31, 2018).Enter to win a copy! 

cover design © Joel Tippie

We are also pleased to feature agent and author Lauren Spieller and her debut YA novel, YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT (Simon & Schuster, June 2018). Enter to win a copy!

© Cover Designer:
Jacket design by Krista Vossen
Front-jacket illustration copyright © 2018 by Rebecca Elfast
Picture frame and background rendering (front and back) copyright © 2018 by Customdesigner/Shutterstock
Back jacket illustration copyright © 2018 by iStock/Thinkstock

For Writers

How to Write Unique Themes 

Acronym Finder - links to foreign dictionaries with grammar information

Ask Jami: How Can We Use Beat Sheets with Short Stories?

Sept. 7-9  Create and Celebrate: Children's Books. 
Award winning authors and illustrators Jan Reynolds and Ashley Wolff  invite you to join them in Stowe, Vermont for a weekend of creativity and celebration, building publish-worthy children’s books. Between them, Jan and Ashley have 80 years of experience in the industry and are just bursting to share it with you. Enjoy gorgeous Stowe, when you will begin an idea, or submit finished work, to Jan and Ashley for personal feedback, and experience their insightful workshops, to polish your book. The bonds you will forge with the other authors at this event will last a lifetime, and these connections will carry you through future projects for years to come. Email or call Jan for details:  janreynolds (at) pshift (dot) com 

Oct. 12-14 Vermont Writers Roundtable Join experts Peter Lourie, Laura Backes and Steve Swinburne and an editor in a small high-level workshop for writing creative nonfiction. (South Londonderry, VT)

Aug. 15 PEN/Phylis Naylor Work in Progress Grant
  • What: apply for a $5000 WIP grant 
  • Who: writer of children's book or YA fiction in financial need with a previously published novel that has received good reviews but has not generated income to support oneself
  • Prize: $5000

Querying a Complicated Book: Dissecting the Elephant

Agent Query: a searchable database of established literary agents

Association of Authors' Representatives: list of approved agents searchable & category list of literary agents


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