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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by Doreen Nagle on September 08, 2021, 08:53 AM »
Thanks for your suggestion in re Highlights.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by dkshumaker on September 08, 2021, 05:44 AM »
Go to your library; check out 100 recent (last five years) books in the genre you'd like to write. Learn all you can. Have fun!

Great advice. Reading the current market is the best way to learn.
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by JodyJS on September 08, 2021, 04:32 AM »
Hi Scott,

I'm with V. I don't know of characters like this, and I'm not sure how easy a haul it would be to get one through. But having said that, what if your MC could *seem* to be stealing, but in the end is actually helping? Especially if she had a nemesis, an older sibling or a non-likeable adult, who tries to catch her in the act, but ends up failing each time (because the MC isn't actually stealing)? Amelia Bedelia is a character who constantly goofs up, but not because she's malicious, but because she just doesn't get it.

Good luck!

Jody
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by JodyJS on September 08, 2021, 04:27 AM »
Yes, people are still publishing early readers! I currently have a series with Highlights Press. It is not word-controlled via a word list, but it is leveled for those just beginning to read. Go to your library; check out 100 recent (last five years) books in the genre you'd like to write. Learn all you can. Have fun!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by Doreen Nagle on September 07, 2021, 09:48 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for being so helpful
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by Vijaya on September 07, 2021, 05:29 PM »
What David and Deb said. You needn't control language for a picture book--it should be rich because it will be read aloud by a parent or teacher. Early readers need to be simple to read with the illustrations supporting the text. And they most certainly are not dead! Kelly Starling Lyons has a new series and Cyndi Marko had a series as well and I believe she wrote a prequel PB. Check them out. I like to get a pile of PBs and EZs and just read through them to get a feel for what works. Also, I type them up to see what the text looks like on the page. Good luck as you go forward with your story!
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by Vijaya on September 07, 2021, 05:23 PM »
:welcome Scott. I don't see too many anti-heroes in children's literature but those I've seen redeem themselves by the end. John Jory's Bad Seed comes to mind. Your character sounds quite adorable actually (as someone who had a bit of a thieving impulse). Good luck with it.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by JulieM on September 07, 2021, 03:18 PM »
I recommend reading lots of both genres to get a feel for the kinds of stories they deal with and how they are written. You'll see varied advice "out there" such as "early readers are dead". Therefore it's best to read widely from many sources - publishers, editors, bloggers, reviewers, authors and illustrators, and make up your own mind. I had a picture book manuscript deal cancelled by a small publisher about 15 years ago because the publisher was advised by one contracted editor that "e-books were the future and picture books were dead".
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by Scott Rodrigues on September 07, 2021, 03:09 PM »
Hi Everyone!

I've been reading through CB's and I'm starting to pick up the cadence. I'm curious if it's frowned upon or not advised to have the series main character be say, a thief, but one who uses his abilities to help others while the act gets them in constant trouble?

I have a character like this who I've tried to write in other genres and age groups and every time I fiddle with writing it as a CB it just suddenly fits and builds into itself. My concern is how appropriate is that for this age group?

I know Robin Hood is the 'trope codifier' in this case, but I've been looking for CB main characters who are like this, and I have yet to find one. Any advice on any of this?

Thanks so much!

Scott Rodrigues
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