The Weekly 411 (11/2/18)

© Mishka Jaeger

Nov. 2, 2018, vol. 44

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 picture book author Lisa Connors and her new book, OLIVER'S OTTER PHASE, illustrated by Karen Jones (Arbordale Publishing). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature picture book and middle grade author Jenna Gavigan and her middle grade novel, LULU THE BROADWAY MOUSE (Running Press Kids).

Indie Publishing 

How to Self-Publish your Book, Stage 5 - Preparing EPUB Files & Proofreading

How to Make Readers Feel Emotion

Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

Be Your Own Mentor (a website providing resources on revising, industry, craft)

Nov. 7 #Kidpit

  • What: Pitch your kid lit project (PB to YA)
  • Prize: Agent/editor attention and requests

Nov. 15 SCBWI Emerging Voices Grant
  • What: submit your original work for young readers that is not under contract
  • Who: writers or writer/illustrators who are from a traditionally underrepresented background
  • Prize: 2 winners will get an expense-paid trip to the LA SCBWI conference plus their manuscript showcased to publishers
  • What: Submit your unpublished urban YA manuscript
  • Who: UK-based writers, agented or un-agented
  • Prize: £1,000 and a chance of publication
Feb. 1-April 1 The Ann Whitford Paul- Writer's Digest Book Award

  • What: submit a picture book manuscript (hard copied and mailed)
  • Who: unpublished picture book authors or ones who haven't sold a picture book in three years
  • Prize: $1000
March 1-31 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Award

  • What: apply for your WIP in one of seven categories: PB, CB, MG, YA, nonfiction, multicultural, translation
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: Showcase of your work to editors 
  • What: Submitted in conjunction with the WIP grant
  • Who: SCBWI members who are 50 years or older who has not been traditionally published in the children's field
  • Prize: $500 and free tuition to any SCBWI conference


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  1. Be your own mentor is just what I need right now! Thank you Sylvia and Elaine!


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