The Weekly 411 (7/9/21)

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July 9, 2021 vol. 28

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 Chris Samnee.

Author & Illustrator Spotlights

We are thrilled to feature author Ana Siqueira and her debut picture book, Bella's Recipe for Success, illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez (Beaming Books, July 13, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author-illustrator Chris Samnee and his new graphic novel, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, co-written with Laura Samnee (Oni Press) coming out on August 18, 2021. Enter to win a copy!

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Submissions: Agents & Editors

The top 10 do’s and don’ts of submitting to literary agents

How to Submit a Book Manuscript to an Agent: 2021

Accounting in Publishing (Twitter thread)


                                            Marketing & Creating a Platform

Oct. 3 Picture Book SummitJoin the Picture Book Summit, headlined by Yuyi Morales (Caldecott Honoree and recipient of numerous other honors) and Jon Klassen (winner of the Caldecott Medal and bestselling author with more than 2.7 million copies); attend instructional workshops from Editor/Educator Laura Backes Rules Schmules: How to Break the Rules and Get Away with It; Authors Emma Walton Hamilton & Julie Hedlund: Pitch Perfect: Fine-Tuning the Voice in Your Pitch; Author Rob Sanders: Mind Mapping Your Way to Authentic Stories; and agent/editor panels with

Eileen Robinson, Executive Editor and Consultant to the Publisher, Reycraft Books; Helen H. Wu, Associate Publisher, Yeehoo Press; Naomi Krueger, Acquisitions Editor, Beaming Books; Adria Goetz, Martin Literary Management; Emily Forney, BookEnds Literary; Stefanie Molina, Ladderbird Literary Agency. Discounted Early Bird registration is now open at

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  1. Congratulations, Ana! Thanks for sharing your author's journey so far. I love BELLA!

  2. Congratulations, Ana! I'm looking forward to reading all about Bella!

  3. Congratulations Ana Siqueira - Bella's story looks like a great fit for my school library shelves. I'm looking forward to reading it!


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