The Weekly 411 (9/6/19)

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Sept. 6, 2019 vol. 35

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 Niki Stage.


Today we are excited to feature author Marcie Flinchum Atkins and her debut picture book, WAIT, REST, PAUSE: DORMANCY IN NATURE (Millbrook Press, Sept. 3, 2019). Enter to win a copy!

Worksheets for Writers

3 Signs You Might be Ignoring Writing Advice That Can Help You

Sept. 13 7 p.m. CST An In Depth Dive into Commissioned Work: with award-winning author Gwendolyn Hooks  Gwendolyn will share how she began writing on commission, the writing process, and how to keep editors asking for more. Gwendolyn Hooks is an award-winning author of over 20 books for children many of which are commissioned works. 

Sept. 16-Nov. 22   Deep Feedback Workshop with Sangeeta Mehta A unique opportunity: Submit the equivalent of 60 pages of your MG or YA novel for deep analysis and feedback from Sangeeta Mehta, former acquiring editor at Little, Brown and Simon Pulse and current consultant. Workshop capped at four writers. Writers will critique one another's work at multiple levels and receive both writing and editorial guidance from Sangeeta.  

Oct. 3 8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. EST Lost in Pace: Making Sure Your Picture Book Doesn't Go Off the Rails (affiliate link). Agent Sean McCarthy will explore how to entice a young reader from opening to final page. He will focus on how a book's high level mechanics-- like character development and transformation, plotting, and structure-- can be used to keep your book on track.

Lerner Books has an open call for nonfiction writers from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds interested in doing work-for-hire. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2019.

Creating a Compelling Book Title

24 Publishers Accepting Picture Books - No Agent Required

Why You Shouldn't Edit While You Write


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  1. I spot-checked the info about the publishers that accept unsolicited MSS and found several errors, including links to submission guidelines that don't work. In addition, the Arthur A. Levine imprint at Scholastic is no longer active. Versify is the only imprint at Houghton that's open, and yes, you should submit to Versify via their email, not via snail mail as stated in the blog post. Always double check the publisher's listed guidelines.

  2. Thanks for double checking! Good advice to always to your homework.


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