The Weekly 411 (11/9/18)

© Carina Povarchik

Nov. 9, 2018, vol. 45

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

Are you NaNoWriMo'ing? An article to inspire you: NaNoWriMo Begins! 30 Tips for Conquering Your 30-day Writing Challenge or you can decide not to do it at all: Five Reasons Not to Do NaNoWriMo


We are excited to feature MG and YA author Melanie Crowder and her latest middle grade novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS (Athenium Books for Young Readers Nov. 13, 2018). Be sure to enter to win a copy!

cover © Kailey Whitman

We are pleased to feature picture book author Melissa Stoller and her two picture books, SCARLET'S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH, illustrated by Sandie Sonke  (Clear Fork Media) and READY, SET GORILLA! illustrated by Sandy Steen Bartholomew (Spork).

Diversity in Kid Lit

Writing Characters of Different Genders | Trans, Non-Binary, Cis Gender, and More

Writing the Other - learn to write characters other than you sensitively and convincingly

For Writers

Contests & Awards

  • What: enter your 50-1000 word PB manuscript for bilingual publisher (entries can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual)
  • Prize: $5,000 plus publication contract
Feb. 21 #PBPitch

  • What: Pitch your picture book idea on Twitter
  • Prize: agent/editor interest in your story

Marketing & Creating a Platform

Katya Stec: Book Trailers & Narration Service for Authors (sample reels here)

7 Ways to Market Books to Children

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  1. So happy to see Melissa's books here! Wishing you all the best of success with them!