The Weekly 411 (1/11/19)

© Christina Forshay

Jan. 11, 2019 vol. 2

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. This week's illustration is by Christina Forshay.


New Agent Alert: Savannah Brooks of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is seeking YA

Picture book writers: Start of the year right by participating in Storystorm (come up with 30 ideas in 30 days); sign up for the 12x12 challenge (paid membership group for webinars, community, and much more) and apply for a Writing with the Stars mentorship!


We are excited to feature author Sabina Kahn and her YA debut novel THE LOVE & LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI (Scholastic Jan. 29, 2019), the story of a lesbian Bengali teen who must face her conservative Muslim family. Be sure to enter to win a copy!

We welcome Bonnie Graves, author of dozens of children's books, and her latest middle grade novel, CATCH ME WHEN YOU FALL (Fitzroy Books, Jan. 25, 2019), about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to work at a circus and uncovers family secrets. Enter to win a copy!

cover art © C.B. Royal

Narrate v Dramative (Youtube video, Alexa Donne)

Writing Techniques: How to Create and Sustain Tension

Writing Techniques: How to Make Dialogue More Dynamic - Using the Topic Pattern

Jen Betton Creates Characters with Inherent Conflict

Agent Eric Smith's List of Editors & Authors that Can Touch Up Your Manuscript or Query Letter

Breaking in as a Picture Book Illustrator and Writing an Illustrator Query Letter

  • What: apply for one of two $1,000 grants for illustrators
  • Who: SCBWI members, published or unpublished illustrators
  • Prize: $1,000 grant to use in any way to complete your project

Jan. 15 8 p.m. EST The 3 Things You MUST Know to Get a Book Contract or Agent - free online webinar from freelance editor and former agent Mary Kole

Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2019

19 Questions that Will Open Your Mind in 2019


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