Good News for Children’s Writers from BEA

Read more about 2013 BEA news for writers of middle grade novels, picture books, and YA by clicking on the link below.

Harold Underdown: “YA isn’t going away … print end of the publishing business is healthy” | Young People’s Pavilion.

Start a Series with a Strong Stand-Alone Book

If you are interested in writing a series for kids, read this excellent blog post from an author who knows how it’s done.

Writing the Stand-Alone Book as a Series Pilot |

Literary Rambles: Agent Spotlight: Kate Schafer Testerman

I met Kate Testerman at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. She is actively seeking clients. Click on the link to read about her background and interests.

Literary Rambles: Agent Spotlight: Kate Schafer Testerman.

What’s New in Children’s and YA Publishing

Harold Underdown recommends this excellent post summarizing trends in juvenile publishing from a panel at the recent American Book Producers Association conference.

Changes and Trends in Children’s and YA Publishing: An ABPA Panel.

An interview with Harold Underdown

Harold Underdown talks about Middle Grade novels and more in this insightful interview.

An interview with independent editor Harold Underdown – and a giveaway! | From the Mixed-Up Files….

A Free Contest for Middle Grade and YA

If your middle grade or YA novel has a pro-business theme, take a look at this opportunity! The deadline is at the end of this month. (Not for me. My ultimate bad guy is a big-time developer.)

No Fee Fiction Writing Contest with Cash and Contract – MG to Adult | Writing and Illustrating.


Write a Funny Book for Kids and Get an Agent

Here’s a great opportunity for writers of humorous children’s books.

John M. Cusick

Hey gang, check it out. The Greenhouse Funny Prize is back. And guess what: this year, it’s open to North American writers!

Last year’s competition saw over 700 entries, and Pip Jones was our winner. Julia Churchill quickly sold Pip’s book, SQUISHY McFLUFF, THE INVISIBLE CAT, to Faber Children’s Books in a 4 book pre-empt.

So we’re putting out a call for funny stuff, from quirky picture books to wry y.a. The winner will receive an offer of representation from Greenhouse.

Wait, what?

That’s right. The winner gets rep’d people. Not bad.

Entry guidelines:

The Greenhouse Funny prize is open to un-agented writers writing funny fiction for children of all ages.

To get a good sense of the voice and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description (a few lines) of the book AND a one page outline that…

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An Interview with Amy Boggs, Literary Agent

Here’s an addition to my agent search list. She is interested in most kinds of fiction, including middle grade and YA.

Click on the link below to read the interview.

LitChat Interview: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency – LitStack.

Information About Kerry Sparks, Agent for Middle Grade and YA Fiction

If you write middle grade or young adult fiction, take a look at the page for Kerry Sparks at the Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.

Click on the link below for an introduction and basic submission information. You can also plug her name into a favorite search engine to find interviews with her.

Kerry Sparks.

Agent Laura Biagi Represents Novels for Adults and Children |

If you write middle grade or YA fiction, here’s a great new agent for you. Click on the link below for complete information.

Agent Laura Biagi Represents Novels for Adults and Children |