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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on Today at 10:51 AM »
I'm thinking this is something that many writers have. :) Glad you're back, Fiona!

Thank you, Andracill. I don't know if you've had experience of distancing yourself from writing for a long length, but it feels weird. I moved house, had a short stay in hospital & newly  diagnosed with a rare illness (at 45 years old!).  It's not life-threatening, but very annoying when it flares up.
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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by andracill on Today at 08:24 AM »
I am good with expression & chatter.
I'm thinking this is something that many writers have. :) Glad you're back, Fiona!
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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on Today at 04:44 AM »
I've recently returned after a long time away & it's good to see releveant & curious questions.
I searched Harold Underdown''s website "The Purple Crayon" & bought his book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books Harold D. Underdown. He mentions it as a reference.
As a writer, it's the best thing I've ever done!

My father is a retired teacher & encouraged reading.

As a writer, it's one of the best things I've done.
You'll find it welcoming & when we can, we'll answer your questions.

Vancemo: I don't think you need to be a great reader. It helps, but stories are a form of communication. A way for a reader to escape & just feel at ease.
I'm not a great with reading either. I am good with expression & chatter. I never shut up when I am here!
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by HDWestlund on Yesterday at 02:27 PM »
When you already have publications under your belt, you can definitely lead with the professional work you've already done. At least, when you're an illustrator! Your portfolio is your professional product.
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by emanuel-wiemans on Yesterday at 01:25 PM »
thank you for those insights. really helpful! The Netherlands is too small for lit agents. I work directly with publishers. So when i decided i wanted to look around outside Holland i found out that the literary agents field is huge!  I had Andrea Brown on my radar. as they are relatively present online. I was taken aback a bit by their submission guidelines though :) a lot of do and donts. Bookends and Root are others that i've picked up. In the beginning of my search i was under the impression that literary agents were only interested in illustrators if they would present a dummy for a gn of cb. Which i thought was odd because i suspect theres a lot of commissioned childrensbook work out there. After digging deeper i found out there are some that have a illustrators portfolio too. thank you again
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by HDWestlund on Yesterday at 01:06 PM »
Honestly, when I was agent hunting, I researched the agents of any author/illustrator whose work I admired. I found my agent at least partially by writing an effusive fan letter about one of her authors. (The other part of the equation was the conference I attended, hosted by her agency, Andrea Brown Lit.) Having looked at your website, I am pretty sure that you will not be out of line with a relatively cold query for any agents who you know represent graphic novels. You might also be able to find out more about the tastes of individual agents by seeing who they follow and promote on Instagram. This is the Instagram page for my agency's promotional purposes: https://www.instagram.com/andreabrownlit/ I also like to follow https://www.instagram.com/rodeenliterary/ to see who they are promoting, too.  I know other agencies have Instagram pages, too, but I haven't kept up on the illustrator market, since I am mostly a writer at this point. Although maybe some day I will have my art skills where I want them and be able to consider illustration, too.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by laura-shanley on Yesterday at 09:19 AM »
Thank you, Debbie and Dkshumaker! Debbie - The Saturday Evening Post Magazine Group (or Company) used to publish several children's magazines, but now I believe they only have the main magazine (SEP). Jack and Jill was one of their magazines, as was Children's Playmate (which published Laura Ruth).  I'm honored by your A.A. Milne reference but of course am sorry that my poems may not appeal to today's children. I grew up on Milne, so he was a big inspiration. As far as themes, I was told this also by an editor from Penguin Putnam, who did express interest in my poems and asked me to send her more. After I did, she said that I actually did need to have a theme. The issue for me is that I wrote these years ago and just haven't been inspired to write anything new. Hopefully that will change. But right now, my poems are about many different things, none of which seem to relate to each other. Dkshumaker - I will check out those boards. Thanks!
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by emanuel-wiemans on Yesterday at 09:18 AM »
Hi, Emanuel! :welcome2 I'm not an illustrator, but I think it might help you to look at agentquery dot com and querytracker dot net. They have extensive lists of agents, including what they represent. You can look at the acknowledgments of books illustrated in styles similar to yours, too. Once you have a list, it's important to go to each agent's website . If there's a conflict between what one of the big websites (agentquery) says and the agent's own website, go with the information on the agent's site. They'll be more updated on who's open and who's not, too.

Don't worry about the "for beginners" thing--most people who query are relatively new. :goodluck

Hi and thank you for your help! Ill definitely look into those sites. The "forbeginners" was actually a website that somebody mentioned some posts below. not sure that is the kind of graphic novelwork id like to be doing though.
thanx again! best, Emanuel
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by dewsanddamps on Yesterday at 09:01 AM »
Hi, Emanuel! :welcome2 I'm not an illustrator, but I think it might help you to look at agentquery dot com and querytracker dot net. They have extensive lists of agents, including what they represent. You can look at the acknowledgments of books illustrated in styles similar to yours, too. Once you have a list, it's important to go to each agent's website . If there's a conflict between what one of the big websites (agentquery) says and the agent's own website, go with the information on the agent's site. They'll be more updated on who's open and who's not, too.

Don't worry about the "for beginners" thing--most people who query are relatively new. :goodluck
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by dkshumaker on Yesterday at 05:15 AM »
Hi Laura,

Since you mentioned that you are hoping to self-publish, have you looked in our Self-Publishing boards to see if there is information there that might be helpful? Here is a link to those conversations:

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=95.0
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