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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Just a little thanks!
« Last post by Ree on May 15, 2022, 04:49 AM »
Congrats!

Ree
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Just a little thanks!
« Last post by dewsanddamps on May 14, 2022, 08:32 PM »
 :cheerleader Hey, congratulations, Rachel! :yay
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Picture Books (PB) / Just a little thanks!
« Last post by rachel-berkowitz on May 14, 2022, 08:10 PM »
Hi all!

Just wanted to pop in and thank everyone on the forum who helped me so much this past year during the production of my picture book! I had a lot of ups and downs with the publisher, and with it being my first publication, I so appreciated all the wonderful advice everyone gave me in figuring out how to communicate in a professional way, even when I was frustrated. The good news is, the book finally came out, and I'm pretty happy with it for a first book  ::-)

https://www.goldenfleecepress.com/store/p69/The_Basement_Book--Print.html

So thank you all again so much for your help along the way! It was invaluable and I so appreciated you all sharing your wisdom with me!

 :yourock
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We haven't discussed the rise in verse novels, and even verse chapter books. If that trickles down, a longer rhyming PB may be just fine. The thing is, we can only discuss what is out there now, not what may be in the pipeline or happening when your work would be published.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Grammerly
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 14, 2022, 06:10 PM »
I've been known to look things up in a grammar textbook. I also use  https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html. Look at the menu on the left and click General Writing.
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I agree with what others have said, but I still think there's a place for longer rhyming PBs. It's just going to be an awfully high bar to meet. The rhyming and meter will have to be rock solid; the illustrations, wonderful; and the story completely engaging. It will have to be a book that absolutely grabs you. But if you can create and combine all those elements, you have a shot.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Grammerly
« Last post by penrose on May 14, 2022, 07:47 AM »
I have the free version of Grammarly and I find it helps most with spelling errors or sometimes phrasing, but that's mostly for very technical writing. When I'm writing something looser and more stylized, I find that I often disagree with Grammarly on comma usage, so it's mostly annoying.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Grammerly
« Last post by laurie-fishero1 on May 14, 2022, 04:18 AM »
Asking my critique partners for help with my grammar and punctuation has been what works for me.  Sometimes I'll ask if they can specifically point out any errors. Since I struggle in those areas, it's nice to have partners who are knowledgeable in them.

Also, lately I've been using the website quillbot. So far it's been helpful with my grammar and punctuation. Some of the suggestions aren't always accurate, but for the most part it's been helpful. There are many other free grammar sites you could try.
Thank you Jenny. I have found lots of free online help and also feedback as well. I just feel like I am missing something, probably because I have no idea what I am doing!!!! Lol
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Grammerly
« Last post by Jenny on May 13, 2022, 09:01 PM »
Asking my critique partners for help with my grammar and punctuation has been what works for me.  Sometimes I'll ask if they can specifically point out any errors. Since I struggle in those areas, it's nice to have partners who are knowledgeable in them.

Also, lately I've been using the website quillbot. So far it's been helpful with my grammar and punctuation. Some of the suggestions aren't always accurate, but for the most part it's been helpful. There are many other free grammar sites you could try.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Grammerly
« Last post by David Wright on May 13, 2022, 08:44 PM »
I wouldn't think so. Premium adds things like fluency, word choice and tone -- and you need those to be yours, not from an algorithm.
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