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Thanks, Anne!
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Picture Books (PB) / Picture book discussion group
« Last post by Jenny on July 01, 2022, 03:30 PM »
I’m looking for a few more members to join my monthly picture book discussion group. We meet monthly for an in-depth discussion on a certain pb each month. The conversation is always very insightful and covers everything from illustrations, voice, theme, plot, characters, and much much more. We also talk about what ways the book can help with our own writing or illustrating.

The meetings are held over Zoom.

It is not a critique group. We do not do critique.

If your interested and want more info please let me know.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent post on learning or improving your PB writing
« Last post by 217mom on June 29, 2022, 04:38 PM »
Jennifer Laughran's "Ask the Agent" Tumblr is a valuable resource. She used to be a regular contributor to the Blue Boards and was tremendously helpful to many. She's blunt, but to my ears this is a plus.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent post on learning or improving your PB writing
« Last post by olmue on June 29, 2022, 12:21 PM »
I like how she summed it up as, and here is your MFA, lol. (From what I have observed from others, that really is an accurate summary!)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent post on learning or improving your PB writing
« Last post by Ev on June 29, 2022, 10:43 AM »
Thank you, Anne, for sharing with us.  She has helpful tips.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent post on learning or improving your PB writing
« Last post by Pons on June 29, 2022, 08:54 AM »
Thanks for the link, Anne. It contains good, practical advice.
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Picture Books (PB) / Agent post on learning or improving your PB writing
« Last post by AnneB on June 29, 2022, 06:14 AM »
FYI: Jenn Laughlan, a senior agent at Andrea Brown, published this Tumblr post yesterday on how to learn/improve PB writing. 
https://literaticat.tumblr.com/post/688217116054355968/how-do-your-clients-improve-their-writing-skills
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent Query Format Question
« Last post by Grace Coffey on June 28, 2022, 09:34 AM »
Thank you both for the feedback. That makes total sense!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent Query Format Question
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on June 28, 2022, 07:54 AM »
Like Debbie said, if I had a connection with the agent through a conference or meeting, I led with that, otherwise I put it at the end. 
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Agent Query Format Question
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on June 27, 2022, 06:04 PM »
If I have a really strong why, I start with it. Then I add the book info as it's usually related. The hook follows.

If the why is less strong. (You take YA fantasy.) I may start with the hook, but not always.

Sometimes I'll see a preference in an interview. I always follow that if I find it somewhere.
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