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Illustrating / Website Answering Illustrator Questions
« Last post by mgmystery on Today at 06:08 AM »
Not sure if anyone here could use this, but this site answers illustrator questions once a month: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/ask-cat-graphic-novels/
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Hi Debbie, oh yes, absolutely. In that book Lulu is a would-be police dog (who eventually fails out of K-9 school), so the breed and "mood" matter. Perhaps not the best example for me to have used given the lack of context in my post. I'll edit the above to make it clearer!

I think leaving as much as possible open to the illustrator to interpret is very important, especially as they're expert at communicating character and narrative visually. The best PBs allow the text and illustrations to co-create the story, rather than having one simply echo the other.

Exactly.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Pitching a manuscript reliant on illustrations
« Last post by StephC on Yesterday at 08:59 AM »
Hi Debbie, oh yes, absolutely. In that book Lulu is a would-be police dog (who eventually fails out of K-9 school), so the breed and "mood" matter. Perhaps not the best example for me to have used given the lack of context in my post. I'll edit the above to make it clearer!

I think leaving as much as possible open to the illustrator to interpret is very important, especially as they're expert at communicating character and narrative visually. The best PBs allow the text and illustrations to co-create the story, rather than having one simply echo the other.
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I read many translations and the name is usually someplace, usually the copyright page, and sometimes even on the cover.
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Does your contract give any answer to this question? I've seen translators mentioned, but I'm not sure they were in children's books. They may also be mentioned on the copyright page but not the cover. I suspect it depends on the publisher, but I actually have no idea. Just putting some thoughts out there in case they help.
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Steph, the key to illustration notes is to make every detail in them important to the story. So, does the story require LuLu to be a chocolate lab and not, say, a retriever? If yes, great note. If the breed doesn't matter, leave the illustrator free reign on it. Figure out what matters to the sotyr. Maybe LuLu needs to be a mid-sized dog for the action to work but not a specific breed. Remember, a picture book is a collaboration.
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I'm working on a children's book and  the book I received as an example doesn't have the name of the translator. Is it the norm that the name of the translator doesn't appear on the book?  Should I ask about it ? 

Any comments appreciated.
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by olmue on June 19, 2018, 07:43 PM »
I also just read Yeonmi Park's memoir In Order to Live. It's adult, but considering she's barely in her 20s and it's about her escape from North Korea as a teenager, it sorta counts, right? Whenever I'm having a bad day, I'm going to remind myself of her story, because nothing I have ever gone through comes close to the experiences she's had. From growing up in famine times in North Korea, to "escaping" into China--by way of human traffickers--to finally receiving defector status and citizenship in South Korea--where they have to teach refugees simple things like how modern toilets work and what an ATM card is--she's had a wild ride so far. She's about five years older than my oldest kid, and reading about her childhood is like reading about someone living before electricity was invented. And we live on the same planet.
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by Vijaya on June 19, 2018, 06:19 PM »
I do remember you mentioning it on Gatz's thread. Love books that I can eat up!
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by onestepp on June 19, 2018, 03:29 PM »
Read Sue Monk Kidd's Invention of Wings and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.  I'm also thinking of reading Before We Were Yours because of the intriguing cover of the book with the two girls who were sitting on suitcases on a deserted road.  Thanks for the information, too.
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