The Weekly 411 (8/10/18)

© Zara Gonzalez Hoang

Aug. 10, 2018 vol. 32

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We are excited to feature picture book author Alice Faye Duncan and her picture book, MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAIN TOP-The Sanitation Strike of 1968  (Calkins Creek; August 28, 2018) illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 

This week we also feature middle-grade author Brigit Young and her debut book, WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, August 14, 2018) illustrated by Boyoun Kim.

Make Your Novel's Opening Pop

The Plot Clock: The Structure Template that Saved My Career

Evaluate Small Publishers Like A Pro

155 Words To Describe An Author’s Tone

What Authors and Editors Wish They Could Say to One Another

you didn't. oh gadzooks. you did (Janet Reid on exclusive submissions)

Writing Courses

The Heart of Picture Books (course by Julie Hedlund) (now 30% off through Aug 12). In this webinar, find out: 
  • Top 10 layers of great picture books
  • What the HEART layer is and why it is so important
  • What words agents and editors use to reject manuscripts that don't have enough heart
  • Examples and analysis of picture books with big heart
  • How to write with heart
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Questions to ask of yourself and beta readers when evaluating your manuscripts for heart


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