The Weekly 411 (5/24/19)

© Christopher Silas Neal

May 24, 2019 vol. 20

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 Christopher Silas Neal.


We are excited to feature PB/MG author Rajani LaRocca and her debut novel, MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM (Yellow Jacket/ Little Bee, June 11, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

cover  ©Rachel Suggs 
We also feature author-illustrator Christopher Silas Neal and his book, HOW DO I LOVE THEE, by Jennifer Adams (Balzer + Bray 2018), a re-invention of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43. Enter to win a copy!

For Writers

Characters are People Too: Bring Your Book to Life (Part 1)

Places are Important Too: Bring Your Story to Life (Part 2)

11 Secrets to Writing an Effective Character Description

How to Spot (and Kill) Your Mary Sue Characters

How to Edit Your Book Until it's "Finished"

Character Checklist- Cheryl Klein

The Second Draft

  • What: submit a mock up of a picture book reflecting the diversity of this country
  • Who: unpublished and un-agented illustrators and artists, U.S. residents
  • Prize: $1500, roundtrip ticket to New York City, and a one-day mentorship at Little Brown with editors, designers, and artist mentor Grace Lin

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