The Weekly 411 (6/18/21)

© Olivia Aserr


June 18, 2021 vol. 25

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 Olivia Aserr.

Author and Illustrator Spotlights

We are excited to feature illustrator Olivia Aserr and her forthcoming picture book, How to Make a Friend, written by Stephen W. Martin (Clarion Books), coming out on July 27. Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author-illustrator Emma Reynolds and her debut picture book, Amara and the Bats (SimonKids), coming out July 20! Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Mary Ann Fraser and her debut young adult novel, Mortal Remains (Sterling Teen Feb. 2021). Enter to win a copy!

cover design by Elizabeth Mihaltse Lindy;
ebook cover design by Melissa Farris

Readers: The Third Leg of the Picture Book Stool by Julie Phend

For Writers

Writers are Storytellers not Theme Tellers

Not Starting a Scene Without these Four Essential Elements

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Omitting Sensory Details

Contests & Awards

  • What: design a logo for Kids Comics Unite, the online community of kid lit graphic novel creators
  • Prize: $500, one-year subscription to Kids Comics Insider, free attendance to 2022 Kids Comics Intensive

Aug. 3-Sept. 30 Highlights Revision Retreat Join editors Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown to learn revision strategies to help you identify problems in your picture book, chapter book, novel, or narrative nonfiction manuscript. The Revision Retreat is set up to meet you wherever you are in the process of revising a manuscript, whether you are at the beginning, mid-draft, or near the end, and to help you move along in the process while learning tools and techniques that can be used in the future. The faculty will meet with you 1:1 on two occasions. The first meeting will take place during the weeks of the live class sessions in August, and the second one either the week before the Retreat or during the Retreat. (online, with optional in person 5-day retreat)

25 Authors Running Fantastic Book Promotions on Instagram

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