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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by natalie-cohn on July 15, 2021, 03:02 PM »
Just curious if anyone’s getting rejections or maybe there just waiting to tell the winners they won and no one else?  I thought they were aiming towards this October to publish but maybe not because it’s almost the middle of July.
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Hey everyone! Just received a message from my publisher that we have an artist on board for my upcoming picture book! I'm excited but I was told we wouldn't have initial sketches until June 2022, final art by January 2023 and then go to print in spring of 2024. This feels like a long time to me but this is my first book so I wanted to ask is this a typical time frame or is this long? Thanks for your help!
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Thank you, Vijaya and Debbie! I do have a website with a portfolio on www.weyakindesigns.com. I usually include that link with my queries in addition to the dummy book.
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Research / Fiction PB that covers both childhood and adulthood of a character?
« Last post by hue on July 14, 2021, 06:46 PM »
So I am researching Fiction PBs (not biographies) that cover both the childhood and adulthood of a human-like (non-animal) character,

I have a few books in mind, such as
  The heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers,
  Sandman by William Joyce.
  The fantastic flying book by William Joyce.

Do you know more fiction PBs like this? Thank you so much!
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As an author only, they say have three manuscripts submission ready. But for artists, I'm not sure. Do you also have a portfolio of your art?
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:welcome Victoria.  I think what you have is sufficient to query. Good luck!
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Hello! I am an author-illustrator and I have a number of book projects I'm working on. One of them is in a full dummy format ready to pitch with two full-color illustrations. I have 6 others that are in various stages of development, including polished writing but only black and white thumbnail sketches and concept sketches for the art.

If one were to query an agent with the completed dummy and received interest to talk and see more, how polished should the other projects be? Do I need to have one or two other fully completed dummies? Or is a manuscript with thumbnail sketches sufficient?

Thank you!

~Victoria
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Querying Agent vs. Publisher
« Last post by Vijaya on July 14, 2021, 08:27 AM »
:welcome Katie. Rose has outlined a good plan. It really depends on whether you want to have an agent at this stage. If so, query them. They might want to see what else you have so you might want to wait until you have 3 polished PBs. On the other hand, some children's publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts so you can try directly. Here's a place to start: https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/05/17-us-childrens-book-publishers.html As long as it's not gone out to more than a handful, I'd say it's not widely shopped around and you can still send it to an agent. If an agent accepts you as a client, make sure you give them your submission history of that story. Good luck!  FWIW, I don't have an agent.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Querying Agent vs. Publisher
« Last post by olmue on July 14, 2021, 04:56 AM »
If you plan to submit to agents then do that first. If you submit your manuscript to publishers and are turned down by all of them, and then think, oh, I'll get an agent--you have just limited the number of editors your agent can submit a shopped manuscript to. They are not going to bring it back to someone who has already turned it down.

Yes, it is difficult to get an agent. But it is difficult to get an editor, too. And many editors will not even look at a manuscript unless it comes in via an agent. 

If you aren't interested in an agent then you might want to go to conferences, as sometimes visiting editors will allow you to submit things to them during a short window of time after the conference (even if they are normally closed to non-agented submissions.)

Anyway, just some things to consider.
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