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I don't know about any books. But my father told me his story.
I'm a first generation American Latina.

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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by Marie Navarro on November 08, 2022, 08:48 PM »
I don't think any particular writer inspired me to write.
Like most writers, I was a reader as a child. I loved stories with magic, elves, gypsies, and adventure. At the same time, I read non-fiction as well. In elementary school, I would read Britannica and National Geographic magazines simply because I enjoyed learning stuff. I read Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and the classics. I also read comic books. I grew up in Mexico and loved the history of the Mayas and Aztecs. Finally, in high school I discovered paperback romance novels. The stories I write, are the novels I want to read, but cannot find ... so, I write them myself.
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CUBA IN MY POCKET by Adrianna Cuevas
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Sheree, non-fiction is often photo illustrated. Concept books often use photos also. In fiction, illustration is more likely. In part, this is because characters and settings are imaginary though they may be based on real people and places.  It wouldn't be possible to photo illustrate a book where the main character is an animal who behaves like a human, for example.
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I have an old one Lupita Manana by Patricia Beatty. It's from 1981, so maybe not that helpful.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What to do next?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on November 07, 2022, 06:30 PM »
These are thoughts off the top of my head.

In traditional publishing, money flows to the writer. This sounds hybrid or perhaps they only take picture books from author/illustrators and therefore assume you are one. Verify that they intend you to pay the illustrator and not just to find one or do the art yourself. 

Only you can decide of you're comfortable with them. Have you looked at the books they have out? Is the quality good? Are the books in local schools and libraries? Are books easy to get?

Have you considered consulting with an organization for writers locally or someone else who can give you legal advice about your contract and say whether anything is off?

What does "license" mean in this context? Ask them to explain exactly what they mean about everything. If they won't or it still seems unclear, that suggests something to run from unless your own legal support says otherwise.
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Hi, does anyone know any MG/chapter book/YA about how Latinos Immigrate to the US? I am looking for books that talk about immigrants' lives before they are in the US.

Thank you very much!
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I chose to use actual photos in my new children's picture book, "Dixie the Rescue Dog Makes New Friends," because it's non-fiction. I was able to use everyday photos of my dog that captured her personality.  The photos are what inspired me to write the book in the first place. When asking for feedback, beta readers unanimously agreed the photos made the story real and discouraged me from having it illustrated.

While at Barnes and Noble the other day, I took a couple of photographs of the massive children's picture book section. All the books were beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors and adorable fonts, but the sea of images started to blend together. I was on visual overload! I can't imagine how that level of unlimited choice affects our children. How do they choose?  As adults, how do we choose for them?

I would be interested to know if there's any documentable research that says children are more or less attracted to actual photographs in picture books. If anyone knows, please share.

The truth is, time will tell. Ultimately, sales will be the primary indicator. For now, I'm willing to take a chance on my intuition. I think my book will stand out on the crowded shelves.  The book will be out by December 1, 2022, and is available through Ingram Book Company. I welcome your feedback.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: What to do next?
« Last post by JodyJS on November 07, 2022, 03:49 AM »
Hi Doni,

Congratulations on the interest your manuscripts have received!
Here are a few thoughts/questions to consider:
If you want this kind of publishing contract, then there are lots of ways to research and reach out to potential illustrators (their websites, social media, etc). You might develop a relationship with an illustrator who is willing to work for less than the 4-6K you mentioned.
If you'd rather just sell your manuscript and let the publisher find and pay for an illustrator (and manage the marketing and sales), it doesn't sound like this place is for you.
Although your stories may be niche, you never know if a publisher that offers a traditional contract might be interested. Why not send the first one out and see what happens? There are several houses that accept unagented submissions. Or you could send it to some agents and see if anything pops.
You have options. It's about deciding what YOU want.
Good luck!
Jody
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