Sunday, May 31, 2009


June is YAMGWriMo--like NaNoWriMo, but for writers of young adult and middle grade novels.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pitch Your Manuscript

Hints on pitching your manuscript to editors or agents.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Children's Bookshelf

Free E-newsletter is about children's books & the world of children's book publishing.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Brenda Bowen to Become Agent

Brenda Bowen, formerly of HarperCollins, will join the Greenburger Agency, representing authors and illustrators of children's books for all ages.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Children's Book Council

The members' listings for this children’s trade book publishers association include: a website link, contact information, number of titles published annually, and whether the publisher is open to unsolicited queries.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Writing Mistakes

Ten common writing mistakes that are often overlooked but are easy to fix.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Indie Booksellers "Next" List

Independent Booksellers recommend kids' books. "Great reads from booksellers you trust."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Borders to Increase Children's Books

Within 90 days, Borders will roll out larger children's book sections and will relocate young adult and teen books away from the younger titles.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Authors Now

A searchable database of books from debut children's authors.

Friday, May 22, 2009

RUCCL One-on-One Plus 2009

Here's an opportunity to share your work with professionals. This event is sponsored by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature and scholarships are available.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hans Christian Andersen Award

IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) announced nominees for the 2010 award.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Online Networking

Written for booksellers, but equally relevant for authors, this ebook explains the many different options available for networking on the internet

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lee and Low New Voices Award

Open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children's picture book published. Deadline September 31, 2009.

Emotion Thesaurus

Show, don’t tell, your characters’ emotions.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Work-in-Progress Grants

SCBWI offers grants to support your work-in-progress. The deadline for the next grant request is June 10, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

SLJ's Day of Dialog – May 28, 2009

School Library Journal will present a free, day-long program during BEA where librarians, editors, authors, and vendors can meet to discuss the changing world of books, reading, and libraries.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Katherine Paterson Prize

$1000.00 and publication in Hunger Mountain Online. PB, MG, and YA. Entry deadline: June 20, 2009. Entry fee: $20.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scam agents

Don't get scammed. Check out potential agents on the Preditors and Editors website.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Book Expo America - May 29-31, 2009

With 1,500+ exhibitors and 500+ authors, BEA is the premier event for the North American publishing industry.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Write-a-thon - May 16, 2009

Spend a day writing in New York City. The fourth annual write-a-thon, sponsored by the New York Writing Coalition, is a fund-raiser to support programs for formerly voiceless members of society to be heard through the art of writing.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


No one likes to receive a rejection letter, but it helps to know you're not alone.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Children's Book Week - May 11-17, 2009

Since 1919, schools, libraries, bookstores, and families have celebrated children's books during Children's Book Week.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Publishers Weekly - Children's Bookshelf

Sign up for a weekly email newsletter from Publishers Weekly. Get an inside view into the children's publishing world with breaking news, interviews, featured reviews, bestseller lists, photos, and a cartoon--Tales From the Slush Pile.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Highlights Foundation Workshops

The Highlights Foundation offers workshops in many areas of writing for children, such as: historical fiction, editing for writers, non-fiction, writing from the heart, whole novel, poetry, biography, picture books, and more. A limited amount of grant money is available.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

SCBWI - L.A. Conference, August 7-10, 2009

Registration opened today for the 38th annual L.A. conference. One workshop has already sold out, so register early if you'd like to attend.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Word Counts

Find out the number of words in a book at Renaissance Learning:
Search for a title, click on the it, and get the word count.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Contest - Middle Grade Mysteries

The first Bloom Award, for unpublished writers, will be awarded for a middle grade mystery. Submissions window: May 18 - October 31, 2009. First prize: publishing contract with "Tire Swing," the children's paperback imprint of Blooming Tree Press.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Choosing Character Names

The Behind the Name website lists the popularity of first names by year and shows common names for different nationalities. It also gives the etymology and history of the names.

Friday, May 1, 2009

NJ SCBWI Annual Conference - June 5/6, 2009

Two keynote speakers (Richard Peck, EB Lewis), 24 publishing professionals (publishers, editors, agents, art directors), and you, if you register by May 15, 2009.