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That’s awesome from both of you. I like the idea of typing up picture book words. Definitely going to start doing that. Trying to find critique groups. I think that will help.

And yes, I’m prepared for the long haul. I want this to be a lasting series so I’ll be able to switch books to keep things fresh and bring new freshness to the older work too. But I love kids and telling stories to kids.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: New: writer with manuscripts What next?
« Last post by dkshumaker on Today at 10:02 AM »
Debbie gave great advice here. You do not have to spend a lot of $ to advance your craft. Read lots of recent  PBs that have come out. Type up ones you love to separate the words from the art so you get a feel for pacing, page turns, and what a writer did to catch an editor's eye. Find a critique group or post on the critique boards here to get feedback on your work.

And be prepared for this to be a long, hard journey. But if you love it, you'll find a way to put up with it. :-)
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Quite a few books critiqued here have been published, but I doubt we've been the only supports for any writer.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: New: writer with manuscripts What next?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 06:13 PM »
There are plenty of craft book that can act as a class and come from libraries, so look into those. (There is a thread for favorite craft books here somewhere.) I also subscribe to free newsletters: Children's Bookshelf (Published by Publisher's Weekly, to learn the industry) and the ICL newsletter (by the Institute for Children's Literature for some craft support and market listings). SCBWI's publications are also valuable.

The next step after writing is getting critique partners. You can post manuscripts in Online Critiques  and seek critique partners on these boards too. We all have blind spots in our own work. Others can help you spot and correct those. Read the stickies before posting.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Publishing success of Blueboard-critiqued PBs
« Last post by mrh on Yesterday at 04:45 PM »
is there anyone who only got critiques on their book from this site AND got it published? 

Solely? Probably not. Learning the craft and learning how to pursue publication (two separate things) are complex enough that almost all of us draw on multiple sources (classes, webinars, craft books, critique groups, beta readers, and more) and learn to harmonize the advice we get to maximize the benefit to our project. Most people develop relationships with a group or a few partners that they aim to make long term rather than relying *only* on one-offs.

Can a critique you get here help you improve your project significantly? Of course. Can a group or partner you find here grow into something long term that will eventually help lead one or both of you to publication? Definitely.

No one source, no matter how good, is likely to, or can promise to, get you there. If anyone does make such claims, run.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Publishing success of Blueboard-critiqued PBs
« Last post by JulieM on Yesterday at 04:28 PM »
Same. Numerous rounds of edits with input from numerous sources.
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The Blueboards are certainly a great place to start! My own picture book projects need numerous rounds of revision, so for me it helps to begin with big-picture input from a wide variety of writer friends. After that, I prefer to fine tune with a few trusted critique partners whose work and experience pairs well with my own. (Two of my long term critique partners are friends I met here many years ago.)

Also, I learned to revise my own work more effectively by  critiquing other writers’ work. It feels good to reciprocate, and also helps me spot similar issues and glitches in my own work. Win-win. :)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by laura-shanley on Yesterday at 12:32 PM »
Thanks, Debbie! I am giving this some thought. I do have two longer poems that could be books in and of themselves, so I am thinking about focusing on those for starters. And the same characters are in both. I looked into magazines a little, but was deterred by the $3 a line payments, as I have limited amount of poems at this point.
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Picture Books (PB) / Publishing success of Blueboard-critiqued PBs
« Last post by Dj-Aj on Yesterday at 11:50 AM »
I have not (so far) written a picture book, but I see a lot of them up for critique in the Online Critiques section of the Blueboard. I was just wondering out of idle curiosity ― is there anyone who only got critiques on their book from this site AND got it published? 
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Hi, I'm looking for a middle grade critique partner.  My draft book is upper middle grade sci-fi, about a robotics-loving girl living on Mars 60 years in the future.  I'd be happy to team up and trade chapters with someone writing middle grade sci-fi or fantasy.  We could try out a couple chapters and see if it's a fit.  I can't message yet, but please email me at theogreggscifi@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thanks!
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