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Monday, February 11, 2013

Publishing News in Children's Literature

Publishing News

Alexandra Penefold spent 10 years editing at Simon & Schuster, but she has decided to approach the post-Mayan era on the other side of the contract table. As of 2013, Alexandra joined Upstart Crow Literary, founded by previous Harper Collins editorial director Michael Sterns. She's building her list, focusing on young picture books, funny middle-grade fiction, and edgy young adult novels (no high fantasy).

Visit THE WRITING BARN blog and hear what Alexander had to say about creating characters.  She says we can study classic characters to, "...learn a lot in terms of how to build realistic and compelling characters that leap off the page into the hearts of readers."

Next workshop at the Writing Barn (in Austin, Texas) will feature Sara Zarr, a National Book Award finalist.

Other Publishing News:

At Simon & Schuster Children's, Sylvie Frank has joined Paula Wiseman Books as associate editor. Previously she was an editor at Holiday House.

Egmont UK is adding a nonfiction children's imprint Red Shed, launching in spring 2014. It will be run by Melissa Fairley.

SCBWI Rocky Mountain Division is kicking off its free webinar speaker series with Emma Dryden of Dryden Books.  She will present talk about BEST PRACTICES -- Self, Indie & Traditional Publishing. To participate, join www.scbwi.org

From Writer’s Digest:

Free Contest For Both Young Adult and Sci-Fi Writers!

If you follow my Guide to Literary Agents Blog, you know that a special recurring element is our "Dear Lucky Agent" Contests -- free agent-judged contests that revolve around a specific genre or two. 
For the 13th contest (live now!), we've enlisted literary agent Victoria Marini (Gelfman Schneider Literary) to judge, and we're looking for both young adult manuscripts as well as science fiction books. 

There are many rules, 
and you need to read the complete contest page before entering, but here is the gist: You submit the first 150-200 words of your completed book and Marini picks the top 3 for awesome prizes. Hurry, because the deadline is end of day, January 31! This is shaping up to be our biggest "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest of all time. 

Again, there is a LOT more for you 
to read on the contest page, so don't waste time in checking it out. Good luck!”

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