The Weekly 411 (4/26/19)

© Vanessa Gillings

April 26, 2019 vol 16

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 Vanessa Gillings.



We are excited to feature picture book author Andrea Wang and her debut book, MAGIC RAMEN: THE STORY OF MOMOFUKO ANDO, illustrated by Kano Urbanowitz (Little Bee Books Mar. 2019). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature MG author Naomi Milliner and her debut book, SUPER JAKE AND THE KING OF CHAOS illustrated by Erwin Madrid (Running Press Kids; May 7, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

Cover illustration © Erwin Madrid

For Writers

Writing Courses

April 29, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. First Pages in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction A strong opening chapter is essential in capturing not just an agent's attention, but in hooking your readers. But what makes a truly engaging opening? How much backstory is too much backstory, and what is connecting your reader to your main character? And is capturing the entire scope of a novel in the opening pages really all that necessary? In this lecture, literary agent Sarah LaPolla will discuss the best ways to effectively present voice, story, and character in your opening pages in ways that reach teen readers and keep an agent wanting more. (Discloure: the link above is an affiliate link; registering through this link will help support Kidlit411)

Writing Realistic Teenagers in YA

What's Trending in YA: Library Edition

It's a Writer Thing: Writer's Block Series Part 1

It's a Writer Thing: Writer's Block Series Part 2

Writing Motivation

Manage Your Mental Energy to Be More Productive at Work


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