The Weekly 411 (2/25/22)


© Julie Koon

Feb. 25, 2022 vol. 8

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 and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Julie Koon.

Author and Author-Illustrator Spotlights

We are excited to feature author-illustrator Julie Koon and her debut picture book, The Struggle Bus (Kind World Publishing), coming out on March 8. Enter to win a copy!

We are thrilled to feature Katryn Bury and her debut Middle-Grade novel, Drew Leclair Gets a Clue (Clarion, formerly HMH Books and Media, an imprint of Harper Collins) coming out on March 1. Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Alba Filella

We are excited to feature author Joy Smith and her debut young adult novel, Turning (Denene Millner Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster) on March 1. Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Talia Styles, art director Krista Vosse

For Writers

Making Story Structure Your Own

Three Things to Ask Yourself Before Writing about Trauma

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Dance with the Right Partners at the Publishing Prom (an agent's advice on juggling multiple offers)

Submitting to Publishers

Freelance Editors & Critiques

Two-4-One Kid Critiques (PB, CB, MG, YA)

Query Letters

Sixteen Things You Need to Become a Writer (and Twelve Things You Don't)

Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

Big Sur on Cape Cod Children's Writers Workshop Opportunity

An anonymous donor has graciously offered to pay for one writer's registration fee for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency's 2022 Big Sur on Cape Cod Children’s Writers Workshop being held May 20 – 22. The fee includes - four critique group meetings, all panel discussions, two-night stay, Friday and Saturday dinner and Saturday lunch.

It does not include transportation, breakfast or drinks.

If interested, in a separate email, attach (in WORD) either one PB or three pages of your MG or YA, along with: (1) Name, (2) Address, (3) Phone #, (4) Date of birth, (5) Gross annual household income, and (6) A short statement of intent. Send to Lisa (at) bigsurchildrenswriters (dot) com. deadline: March 11, 2022.


  1. Joy, what a gorgeous cover! So much movement and emotion! Congratulations!


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