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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by kwlarson on Today at 07:22 AM »
I think "high concept" definitely works for lots of trade nonfiction. For example, PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH comes to mind. You read that title, and you know instantly that this is a book that's going to show you pink isn't all princesses and fairies.

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Vonna on Today at 05:49 AM »
It works for NF, too: VOLCANO RISING; BUBBLE HOMES AND FISH FARTS; MONSTER SCIENCE; TSUNAMI!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by iyerani on Yesterday at 11:39 PM »
Sorry, it is still confusing for me. Is there any NF series? or is it special for fiction genre?  Sorry can't wrap my mind around it.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Barbara Etlin on Yesterday at 09:32 PM »
Would DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS be another example? I think there was a series of pigeon books.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My poem will be in September's Pockets magazine!
« Last post by JFriday on Yesterday at 06:38 PM »
Thank you, Sully!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Betsy on Yesterday at 12:53 PM »
Thanks, everybody.  I've been doing this a long time, and I didn't know what it meant. But you guys explained it perfectly!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Schriscoe on Yesterday at 10:26 AM »
You are SO right Anne Marie! Vampirina Ballerina DOES cover all three of those!! THIS makes me super happy and feeling good about my new idea again. Thank you!!

Now to come up with a clever title like yours. :)


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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Anne Marie on Yesterday at 10:22 AM »
Ha! As a PB author, you'd think this would be an easy topic but for some reason it is 't. One thing is that I am trying to get three things into one book that may not be possible. 1) high concept 2) character driven 3) series potential.

VAMPIRINA BALLERINA.  Not to boast, but true.
FANCY NANCY.
OLIVIA.  High concept may be less appropriate here, but the art might be unique enough to compensate for lack of high concept.  Or maybe at the time it first came out, the mischievous/lovable anyway trope was newer?  I don't know.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Schriscoe on Yesterday at 09:43 AM »
Awesome! Thanks so much Kirsten and Vonna!

Ha! As a PB author, you'd think this would be an easy topic but for some reason it is 't. One thing is that I am trying to get three things into one book that may not be possible. 1) high concept 2) character driven 3) series potential.

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High Concept PB topics
« Last post by Vonna on Yesterday at 09:04 AM »
The definition I've heard is this: A "high concept" book has a clearly defined marketing hook that often can be explained by its title alone, like THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES or WE ARE IN A BOOK or the forthcoming LOVE, TRIANGLE.
Yep, this is my take, too. A few more examples: SHARK vs TRAIN; MONSTER TRUCKS; I WANT MY HAT BACK; THE BOSS BABY.

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