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Graphic Novels / Re: Any Writing Courses?
« Last post by Susan99 on November 21, 2021, 08:52 PM »
Thanks everyone for the info!
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Have you looked at SCBWI's Illustrator Gallery: https://www.scbwi.org/illustrator-gallery/? At least that site will have people intending work for children.

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Graphic Novels / Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
« Last post by A. S. Templeton on November 21, 2021, 03:02 PM »
It is proving very difficult to find an illustrator for my graphic novel script. The usual artist portfolio sites e.g. behance, globalcomix, and deviantart are seething oceans of thumbnails, with search tools either nonexistent or mostly ineffective at narrowing down searches for candidates. My eyeballs are hanging from their sockets from scrolling through seemingly endless superhero fanart, all-looks-the-same mangastyle, and quite a bit of squicky stuff that borders on NSFW.

I have posted an open query on the KidLitGN FB group and sent out a few queries via behance messaging, but I feel sure that I am missing out on 99.99% of otherwise suitable artist needles in miles-high haystacks of online portfolios.

Anyone have tips on finding kid-friendly illustrators for my GN?
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I suggest going as far as you can for free because you want to be in a position where the manuscript won't need many rounds of revision, each at a cost.

This.

After you've taken it as far as you can. Swap stories with another writer. You'll be amazed at how much you learn by giving critiques too. And send your work out. If you're not getting any bites, then it's time to start looking into paid crits. Good luck!

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Graphic Novels / Re: Any Writing Courses?
« Last post by Ev on November 20, 2021, 05:42 AM »
This isn't a writing course but might have some tips for you. It's a free presentation sponsored by Children's Book Insider.

https://writeforkids.org/blog/kidlit-distancing-social-replays/   look for #68 "Writing Graphic Novels for Beginning Readers"
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for an NF mentor text
« Last post by callie-dean on November 19, 2021, 08:12 PM »
I also love Laura Purdie Salas's IF YOU WERE THE MOON!
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Hi Ana,

I also do paid critiques, but I very much recommend you find a critique group for free first. The Blueboard has a section for finding crit groups or partners and a place where you can post your manuscript for critique:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=121.0 and https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=127.0. Your local chapter may also have groups. If you've already taken the manuscript as far as you can with a group, it may be beneficial to pay for a critique. Rates vary with the experience of the person. Former agents and editors may still have a hand in the industry in the way an author can't. Well-published authors may do this as a sideline, and clearly know how to achieve success. But be sure you use someone who knows PBs and is a good fit for you and your manuscript.

I suggest going as far as you can for free because you want to be in a position where the manuscript won't need many rounds of revision, each at a cost.
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Hi Ana,

I critique PB manuscripts, both for individual clients and as a part of PBCritiqueFest. (See Brian Gehrlein on Twitter.)
For testimonials, you can check out my website, jodyjensenshaffer.com.

Jody
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Graphic Novels / Re: Any Writing Courses?
« Last post by juliana-jones on November 19, 2021, 01:56 PM »
Story Teller Academy has a Graphic Novel Course taught by Ken Lamug. His GN Mischief and Mayhem is wonderful. https://storyteller-academy.myshopify.com/products/graphic-novels 

He also has a mini-comics course which deals with graphic novels as well. I took it and learned that it's a lot of work, even if you're not an illustrator.

Good luck!
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Hi SCBWI Community-

I am curious to hear about anyone's experience with paying for editorial feedback on a PB manuscript. I have taken my manuscript as far as I can, and am thinking this might be a wise investment.

If you have gone this route, would you mind sharing a ballpark figure of what the fees where? And what was included in the services rendered....Much appreciated. ~Ana
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