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So glad I found this thread! I've been waiting and wondering myself - desperately checking my spam folder and trash and everything! Any updates from anyone yet?
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This topic has been moved to Agents Markets and Querying.

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=91729.0
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I didn't have a problem yesterday, but today for maybe ten minutes the Blueboard was unavailable. (I got a notice that the site was unavailable when I tried to get on.) Don't know if that's related.
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SCBWI had to take their entire site down for a while on Sunday, May 16, 2021, for security reasons. This included the Blueboard. We hope very few of you were inconvenienced, but we are now back up and running at full speed again. Please let us know (in this thread) if you notice any problems as a result of this short shutdown.

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for An Editor
« Last post by Mindy Alyse Weiss on May 16, 2021, 12:55 AM »
Thanks, Debbie! It's kept me on track with writing at least 12 new picture books each year. It's fun cheering on other writers...and getting to meet new ones on Twitter and through critiques each month.

I keep the newest date at the top of the link I shared.

Good luck with your deadlines. :)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for An Editor
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 15, 2021, 06:02 PM »
Congrats, Mari!

You've received fantastic advice. Paid professional critiques are great...but only get them after you've had free peer critiques that have helped you take a manuscript as far as possible. For picture books, I find that having two great groups, or at least one awesome group and critique partners help so you can take the feedback, revise as much as possible, and have fresh (or semi-fresh) eyes on the revision. Then repeat, repeat, repeat until it's as strong as you can get it.

Debbie shared some great ways to find a critique group and/or receive peer feedback. 

If you're interested, I run a monthly PBParty New Draft Challenge & Critique Train. The next one is May 20 EST. You can plan ahead, but don't start writing until challenge day. When you finish, add your name to the Critique Train doc. The person above critiques your manuscript and you critique the person below you. You can revise your new PB and send it, or send an existing one. Whichever PB you want fresh eyes on the most. Here's a link: https://mindyalyseweiss.com/pbparty-new-draft-challenge-critique-train-faq/

Also--if you'd like to find an agent, you should have at least 3 - 5 really strong picture book manuscripts before querying. If they like the first one you send, they'll ask for at least two more to make sure you're a great match.



This is a totally fun idea. I may have to join one in a few months. (I have deadlines for other stuff now.)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for An Editor
« Last post by Mindy Alyse Weiss on May 14, 2021, 09:08 PM »
Congrats, Mari!

You've received fantastic advice. Paid professional critiques are great...but only get them after you've had free peer critiques that have helped you take a manuscript as far as possible. For picture books, I find that having two great groups, or at least one awesome group and critique partners help so you can take the feedback, revise as much as possible, and have fresh (or semi-fresh) eyes on the revision. Then repeat, repeat, repeat until it's as strong as you can get it.

Debbie shared some great ways to find a critique group and/or receive peer feedback. 

If you're interested, I run a monthly PBParty New Draft Challenge & Critique Train. The next one is May 20 EST. You can plan ahead, but don't start writing until challenge day. When you finish, add your name to the Critique Train doc. The person above critiques your manuscript and you critique the person below you. You can revise your new PB and send it, or send an existing one. Whichever PB you want fresh eyes on the most. Here's a link: https://mindyalyseweiss.com/pbparty-new-draft-challenge-critique-train-faq/

Also--if you'd like to find an agent, you should have at least 3 - 5 really strong picture book manuscripts before querying. If they like the first one you send, they'll ask for at least two more to make sure you're a great match.

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for An Editor
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 14, 2021, 06:04 PM »
Not only will an editor be better able to help you once you've had critiques, but also you won't have to go back to the editor again and again because your work will be closer to done. (Repeated edits are not a reflection on the editor but on the level of completeness of the manuscript.)
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I too am new to SCBWI and am interested in joining a Critique group.  I have written and illustrated  a chapter book (perhaps two, depending on if it is divided).  My book takes place outside of the US, but it is not what I would consider "realistic fiction."  My email is jessica@dsandblaw.com
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Looking for An Editor
« Last post by HaroldU on May 14, 2021, 09:03 AM »
I agree with Debbie. I work as a freelance editor and publishing consultant, but I always recommend that writers get involved with a critique group BEFORE coming to me. You'll learn a lot from the process--from critiquing others' work as well as getting their feedback--and when/if you do decide to hire an editor, your manuscript will be at a point where they can really help you.
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