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Picture Books (PB) / Re: matching comparable
« Last post by heidi-mcfadzean on October 25, 2022, 12:29 PM »
Thank you all for your comments. I'm just going to go ahead with my query, mentioning the similar book, and see what happens.
Picture Books (PB) / Picture Book Biographies
« Last post by stephen-aitken on October 25, 2022, 10:54 AM »
 :hairdude I have several picture book biographies planned but need to brush up on this PB genre. Does anyone know of a good picture book biography course online?
Picture Books (PB) / Re: matching comparable
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on October 25, 2022, 06:28 AM »
When listing comp books in a query I list successful books that are similar in theme, mood, genre, and target audience. For books that are about the same topic (very similar to mine) I give them a very short line discounting them--stating how mine is better. For example, if I'm querying a manuscript about a little known historical female from WWII, I'd list successful recent comp titles about historical women. If there's another book out there about the same person I'd say something like, "while another book on the subject was published in 2010, it was targeted for another age group and is now out of print." 
The point of comps isn't to list books exactly like yours to put you out of the running, but to show how yours could be successful just like a few other select titles that your target reader might read. I like to think of it as--if they like book A, they'd like my book too.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: How to Find Illustrators by Location
« Last post by christripp on October 25, 2022, 04:11 AM »
Hi Maureen,
On the home page, in Illustrator Gallery, you choose a region from the menu on the left. That should give you a selection of Illustrators only from the region you've chosen.
Best luck!
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Picture Book Manuscripts - Two Styles
« Last post by JodyJS on October 25, 2022, 03:54 AM »
I often write one sentence per line on my manuscripts. I always double-space. Good luck!
Picture Books (PB) / Re: matching comparable
« Last post by JulieM on October 24, 2022, 10:40 PM »
Do query your ms! The other book is a comp book though, so I think it's good to name it in your query letter to give them a better idea of how your story fits into the market. Also state how your story is similar and different as you have done here. The comp book is very old, so naming it won't do your manuscript any harm.
Picture Books (PB) / How to Find Illustrators by Location
« Last post by maureen-grier on October 24, 2022, 08:49 PM »
SCBWI has a section that gives writers the opportunity to peruse the portfolios of artists. However, I have to type in a name in order to see their work. Since I don't know any illustrators I'm unable to use this section. I would like to find an illustrator that lives in North Carolina. It seems like there must be a way to do this, but I have been unable to figure out how.  Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: matching comparable
« Last post by heidi-mcfadzean on October 24, 2022, 07:27 PM »
Thanks Debbie. It is almost exactly the same story.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: matching comparable
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on October 24, 2022, 06:31 PM »
Eight years is a long time. It's possible this book isn't still in print. Google it to see who published it and see if you can find out how it's selling. They suggest using comps published within the past five years, so it would be old as a comp. You need a second comp that's newer to make it work.  If it is in print, I wouldn't sub to this agent, if there is one, or publisher. If this book isn't popular, it may not be a good comp. But if it's too popular, it's not  good comp either.

Now, think about the actual story. Do the same events happen or is it just the same type of story. There are plenty of stories about an ugly duckling or other misfit that doesn't seem to fit in until everyone sees something special about them. Other themes are pretty common too. As long as you have a unique spin on the tried and true, that's fine. But if you have the same actions, you may not be able to market this book both because of copyright and because the tried and true need freshening to sell. See if you can make your spin more unique.

Everything depends on how close this really is to your work. It's sales are less of a consideration though they can indicate the market for similar books. I hope this makes sense. 

Picture Books (PB) / Re: Picture Book Manuscripts - Two Styles
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on October 24, 2022, 06:18 PM »
If you are writing a poem, even a non-rhyming poem, you can write it as you would for any other poetry submission. Some authors also write a paginated manuscript, where they submit like this:

Page 5

Pages 6-7

Other than these two things, double spaced is the standard. It can seem awkward when every sentence is its own paragraph, but it is what's expected and an industry professional will understand this.  Note that some people love to see a paginated manuscript while others don't.

SCBWI's The Book is a great resource for questions like this.
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