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Illustrating / The Don Freeman WIP grant
« Last post by marla-lesage on Today at 10:35 AM »
The deadline for the WIP grants is looming. I'd really like to submit my dummy but I don't know if I'll have time! I think it's stronger than my portfolio.   

Are you submitting a dummy or portfolio? How sketchy do you think a dummy can be (besides the 2 sample illos)?

At the moment my dummy is a mix of super sketchy/tight sketches/1 finished sample illustration.
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Promotional News / Re: California Puzzles book birthday
« Last post by AnneB on Today at 07:47 AM »
Ev--I'm late hearing about this! Happy Pub Day, and your persistence is an inspiration!
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Promotional News / Re: California Puzzles book birthday
« Last post by Barbara Etlin on Today at 07:23 AM »
 :yay  Happy book birthday, Ev! Best wishes on its success!  :stars3   :yourock
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Chapter Books & Easy Readers / Chap Book Query
« Last post by ethan-james-2 on Today at 07:15 AM »
Hey everyone, when querying an agent for a chapter book series, do you pitch just the first book in the series (which is totally finished), or do you pitch the ongoing series (which is not finished)? A combination of the two?
Thanks!
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Promotional News / Re: California Puzzles book birthday
« Last post by dinalapomy101 on Today at 06:19 AM »
Deena, I actually did also write puzzle books for KY, MI, MN, and TX (and outlined NY's) back in 2004 when I did CA's. KY's got published by The History Press, but that's the only one I ever found a home for.


Oooh! I want to see NY! ;-)
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Illustrating / Re: Sharing Illustrations Online
« Last post by marla-lesage on Today at 06:09 AM »
This convo has come up several times. Most author/illustrators will post a maximum of 2-3 images from a WIP in their portfolio. I often send out an image from a WIP as a self-promo postcard.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Sold early reader to Random House!
« Last post by christripp on Today at 05:26 AM »
Terrific news Diana, Congrats!!!!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: #PitMad Sub ?
« Last post by Mindy Alyse Weiss on Yesterday at 07:39 PM »
Congrats on the request!

I agree with Sharon--definitely don't submit both versions. Send the one you believe is the strongest. I also don't think you should mention the other version when you submit. An example of when you might bring it up is if the agent sends a nice rejection for the rhyming version and suggests it would be stronger in prose. Then you can thank the agent months down the road when you send a different manuscript and let him/her know that you have a prose version of the first manuscript.
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Contests and Challenges / Re: PBPARTY 2017 coming soon!
« Last post by Schriscoe on Yesterday at 07:30 PM »
You're very welcome!! I hope you enter! The agents are fantastic this year! Some of the agents from last year couldn't join due to other engagements and conferences, but the 13 we have are amazing! We're pretty picky about what agents we invite. :)

And our ninja editor is terrific as well and usually makes anywhere from one to four picks per contest. It's a great press, too!! So, you won't be disappointed.
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Contests and Challenges / Re: PBPARTY 2017 coming soon!
« Last post by onestepp on Yesterday at 07:20 PM »
Thanks for answering my question about twitter, and all the other information about this contest which I'm thinking of entering and checking the blog on the internet to keep up to date with the contest.            ::-)
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