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Didn't know about the FB group. Is that the RUCCL 2018 Info group? (I'm joining--pending.) We should definitely coordinate!
Looking forward to meeting you in person, Abby and Rebecca!
 
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I'd love to join for dinner!  I'm currently revising a YA heist story and a MG mystery.
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Historical Fiction / How much history?
« Last post by SarahW on Yesterday at 09:46 PM »
By this I mean, how much of a work has to have the original timeline to constitute historical fiction? I'm not talking a case of science fiction fantasy, except maybe when the two MCs meet

So much as when some books are partially set in a historical setting (in my case the 1800s), and the other portion of the work is set either in the present day or the very near future? (2018-2025).

Would I just market this (assuming self-publishing) as science fiction? It seems like a lot of science fiction readers would be confused if part of the story is set in the 19th century.

One MC is living in the late middle 1800s (the French Commune era), and early 2020s (2018 is basically psycho-socially 2020.)

Even if one could query it, it seems like something could be "Historical Science Fiction", which seems to be word my historical fiction fans seem to call it at this point.

There is already Historical Fantasy, I know this from friends who have written it.
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Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Re: Rutgers 2018 Application is now open!
« Last post by aca on Yesterday at 09:31 PM »
I'd love to join for dinner too ... I think there is a FB group discussing dinner too ... are we coordinated? So excited to be going again.

Abby
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Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Re: Rutgers 2018 Application is now open!
« Last post by aca on Yesterday at 09:29 PM »
Abby from DC.
I should've asked earlier: Do you need a ride? I'm heading up Friday, I hope by noon (to beat traffic), and back on Sunday.
TJ

Hi, TJ - Thanks so much for your offer for a ride. I'm also driving up on Friday midday but will be headed back after the conference on Saturday. I'm staying at the Hilton. I look forward to meeting you!
Abby
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Research / Re: NF PB research
« Last post by lauren-ward on Yesterday at 09:11 AM »
That's a great idea!  Kids love the unusual and discovering those unusual facts that many don't know.  Success! 

Thank you!! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I feel like I’m learning a lot as I research the animals.

I was also toying around with the idea of having the narrator of the story be the animal the book is about. They would then share facts about their species! Then the kids could connect with the animal personally!

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Research / Re: NF PB research
« Last post by zoraida-rivera on Yesterday at 08:51 AM »
That's a great idea!  Kids love the unusual and discovering those unusual facts that many don't know.  Success! 
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Copy-Right?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on Yesterday at 05:55 AM »
Not likely,  vijaya,  unfortunately.  We had our quarterly meet up last weekend with just myself and Colleen in attendance. There are so few writers of children's fiction in Ireland &  even less illustrators.
My aim is to gdt to a UK conference before my life ends.  Hopefully a few years away.  :yourock :rip
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Research / Re: NF PB research
« Last post by lauren-ward on October 15, 2018, 08:05 PM »

As a teacher you're familiar with standards.  Check out the curriculum standards for lower grades and keep them in mind when researching.  You may want to base your books on  a few standards.  This could help you market them.  As dinalapomy101 said, it's important to know what's out there to make yours different.

You might want to check out regional animals that may be unique to your area and you may have more experience or information on them.


Thank you so much for your replies!

I love the idea of doing regional animals. It's actually considering that as well! I was thinking about researching and writing about animals that are uncommon. I got the idea when I took my daughter to the San Diego Zoo. There were huge lines at the "popular" animal exhibits like the lions, otters, and elephant exhibits; however, there were other animals who no one was looking at! My husband and I were thinking it would be fun to bring attention to the "forgotten" animals.
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Non-Fiction (NF) / Re: How to Save Research Found on the Internet
« Last post by zoraida-rivera on October 15, 2018, 07:57 PM »
Wow! You're all so resourceful!  I will try to diversify my use of Pinterest and check out Evernote and Zotero.

It's, also, interesting knowing about the different strategies that you use.  What works for each one is the best!  Any other ideas welcomed.

Thanks for sharing.
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