Happy 1st Birthday, Kidlit 411!

© Sylvia Liu
Most of you who read this blog know that my friend Elaine Kiely Kearns and I run a resource website for children's writers and illustrators, Kidlit411.

We have been open one year, and it's been so much fun watching it grow. The concept is brilliantly simple (Elaine's brainchild): gather all the kidlit links of good articles, resources, and advice that is available all over the internet and organize it in an accessible and appealing way.

Over the year, the site has grown to include:
  • A vibrant Facebook community of writers and authors who share information and support each other (Kidlit Facebook Group)
  • Weekly updates of all the new links added each week (The Weekly 411)

This week, to celebrate, we have been running a series of giveaways. Please stop on by and win some of these fabulous prizes (giveaways end Jan. 15):

Day 1 - All About Picture Books   (Jan. 5-Jan.15)
  • Signed picture books by Nick Bruel, Drew Daywalt, Tomie dePaola, Debbie Ridpath Ohi and Jane Yolen
  • Seven critiques of 1 picture book manuscript given by my critique group
Day 2 - All About Craft  (Jan. 6-Jan. 15)
  • A 30 minute critique of a PB/MG/YA manuscript with editor Elizabeth Law
Day 3: Agent Spotlight (Jan. 7-Jan. 15)
  • We will feature an agent and offer a chance to bypass the slush pile and query her.

I'm looking forward to another great year!

P.S. My friend Julie Rowan Zoch sent us this amazing birthday banner:

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