The Weekly 411 (9/24/21)

© J.C. McKee

 Sept. 24, 2021 vol. 39

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by J.C. McKee.

Author-Illustrator Spotlights

We are excited to feature author June CL Tan and her debut young adult novel, Jade Fire Gold  (HarperTeen (October 12, 2021) Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Jason R. Lady and his recent middle-grade novels, Monster Problems and Super Problems (Black Rose Writing 2019, 2020). Enter to win a copy of both!

We are pleased to feature illustrator J.C. McKee and his recent picture book, OH LOOK, A CAKE (Clarion Books 2021). Enter to win a copy!

Freelance Editors & Critiques

The Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Hiring, and Working with an Editor

For Writers

5 Steps to Writing Great Characters

7 Reasons Your Characters Feel Flat

How to Easily Write Incredible Characters

How Do I Format Texts in My Novel?

Middle Grade

Top 10 Traits of a Compelling Middle Grade Hero

How Not to Write Middle Grade Fiction by Jackie Minniti

Picture Books

Joyce Dunbar's guide to writing picture books

Picture Books Openings and Why They Matter

Ten Top Picture Book Writing Tips

Contests & Awards

Oct. 28 #PBPitch

  • What: a Twitter pitch party for picture book manuscripts
  • Prizes: agent and editor interest in your manuscript



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  1. Oh Look! A Cake! The weekly 411 links provided today led me to reflection on my current WIP. Thank you! This helped to I continue to develop my canon of PBs that resonate with me AND led me to think more about character development. Hmmm… behind every strength lies a potential weakness.

  2. The books look wonderful, especially Those by Jason. Good luck to all!


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