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Chris, I think submitting the manuscript with a dummy makes more sense. A script format works for graphic novels because much of the text is dialog (at least as I understand it), and the descriptions would work like set descriptions in a play. When I write a picture book manuscript that is all dialog and no speech tags, I use a script style (speaker's name: dialog). That wouldn't be appropriate for all picture books.
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by Pons on Today at 03:37 PM »
I rely mainly on "said" for a speech tag, but I'm not a purist. There are times when a simple "shout" or something else is the best choice and saves using a lot of words to try to explain what's going on. I do get annoyed at people gasping words, shivering words or doing other strange physical things. I'm a pretty literal person and this takes me right out of the story.
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by joan-maher on Today at 06:58 AM »
Thanks, Thundering! Those are great links.
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by thunderingelephants on Today at 06:15 AM »
I'm returning here because I saw a link on Facebook which addresses this in part by saying "Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry your dialogue". 
It brings us back to the English language and dialogue debate: whilst "said" is perfectly admissible, why oh why are there so many variations of the same verb?
Here's the article, regardless. I also found another one.
https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/tips-masters/elmore-leonard-10-rules-for-good-writing
http://www.spwickstrom.com/said/
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Finally...got an agent for the book of my heart!
« Last post by lab on Today at 05:31 AM »
Yay, Elizabeth! So happy for you!!  :flowers2
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I am wondering (Harold, Debbie, Vijaya, please chime in on if you think this idea would disqualify an entry for manuscript) if instead, for a wordless pb, the Author could sub a "script"? More like a movie script, so there would be description of the surroundings, the scenes & the action that moves the story along, as opposed to a usual pb text manuscript.
At a Highlights Foundation weekend workshop Matt Phelan said this is how he approaches his graphic novel stories, more like a script, even though he is the Illustrator as well.
At our SCBWI conference in Montreal this past Spring the Illustrator of "Sidewalk Flowers" Sydney Smith gave a workshop to we Illustrators, very interesting re: an Illustrator working on a book without words.
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You might find some resources on Linda Ashman's website very helpful. Here's one about her PB RAIN: http://lindaashman.com/books-written-by-linda-ashman/rain/  If you scroll down, you'll see a link for the submission and also the dummy. Her website is a treasure! Good luck poking around and good luck on your submission. Vijaya

haha, wonderful resources ! Thank you and SCBWI forum rocks !
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You might find some resources on Linda Ashman's website very helpful. Here's one about her PB RAIN: http://lindaashman.com/books-written-by-linda-ashman/rain/  If you scroll down, you'll see a link for the submission and also the dummy. Her website is a treasure! Good luck poking around and good luck on your submission. Vijaya
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Ah, you hadn't said that you were also an illustrator. That being the case, I would suggest that you follow the standard process for author/illustrators when submitting, which is to submit the manuscript AND a dummy with the text laid out and sketches in place. If you're not sure if they'll accept that for the contest, I suggest you ask. Lee and Low is a small company.  They'll respond. And if you don't get a response, let me know.  I know people there.


Thanks a lot for your suggestion , Harold ! Have a great week !
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: PTSD in Middle grade
« Last post by marla-lesage on Yesterday at 03:43 AM »
Thanks Harold.

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