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I'm not sure if it's appropriate to piggyback off of another person's question, but I feel like there are similarities between kirsten-hardin's likely-adult-by-age fairy and an idea for a story/character I have that I haven't gotten around to writing yet.

The MC has remained a child (11 or 12) for decades (or possibly longer) because of experiments that were done on her. Essentially, she's immortal and doesn't age... but obviously having been around for so long she's had lots AND LOTS of experiences that other tweens haven't. I always think of the child vampire character in Interview with a Vampire. But I want to play her both as being sort of world-weary and "adult"... as well as having a brain that hasn't matured past the age during which she was experimented on. MG? Or something totally different?
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IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Continuing the Blue Boards!
« Last post by writerjenn on January 13, 2023, 11:35 AM »
To me, it has always been the most valuable part of SCBWI. ...  Being informed about writing for the children's market is not something that can be learned from archives alone. Publishing is a constantly changing business and the daily input from writers and other publishing professionals is what makes this board so important.

Thank you for reconsidering!

I second this from Vonna. The Blue Boards were my gateway into SCBWI and children's publishing, and even after more than a decade in this business, I still learn new things here. I don't go on the SCBWI website very often, but I check in on the Blue Boards every week or so. I want to thank Verla for her longtime role, and all the moderators and posters over the years who have made this one of SCBWI's treasures.
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The common wisdom is that a MG MC is figuring out their place in their family/school/other group, and a YA MC is figuring out their place in the world.
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IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How has the Blueboard helped you?
« Last post by Melody on January 12, 2023, 10:29 AM »
I have to answer with a resounding "yes" to all of the questions requiring a yes or no answer. The Blueboard has helped many authors connect, find agents and publishers, and improve their work. While I cannot visit as frequently as I used to, it's good to know there is always a resource available for new and aspiring authors.
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IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How has the Blueboard helped you?
« Last post by JodyJS on January 12, 2023, 09:24 AM »
The Blueboard, previously Verla Kay's Blueboard, has meant everything to my career.

When I first decided to try to write for children, I knew absolutely nothing. I read books, scoured the internet, and jumped in. But despite all the good information out there, there was none better or more relevant, and no people more gracious and knowledgeable, than those on the Blueboard.

I found my first critique group--eventually my first real writing friends--on the Blueboard. I learned about the industry, about the ins and outs, about specific editors, publishers, agents, librarians, marketing ideas, author websites, author visits, how ERs are different from PBs, which are different from BBs.

I learned about the educational WFH market. I eavesdropped on industry changes and upheavals, found great resources, like Harold Underdown's website and others.

I've promoted my books and events, connected with other Blueboarders who were attending in-person conferences, recommended the Blueboard to everyone, posted Anonymously for tricky industry questions, offered my services, both paying and free, to others on the Blueboard, and on and on.

I check the Blueboard every day and post when I have something I think might be useful to others. This forum is so much more meaningful in terms of educating people about writing and publishing for children and for making meaningful connections with others in the kidlit industry than any other platform, like Twitter. Unlike great books about children's publishing, the Blueboard is real time. There is no substitute. It is well organized and wonderfully moderated. I'm grateful for it.
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I know what you mean. There's a definite community connection in many MGs that I don't usually get in YAs. It is hard to explain.
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IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How has the Blueboard helped you?
« Last post by roberta-rivera on January 12, 2023, 05:04 AM »
I'm relieved and thrilled the Blue Boards are here to stay! Yay! It's a great resource and helps promote community. Great work to everyone for saving the Blue Boards! Thank you.
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IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How has the Blueboard helped you?
« Last post by Bill on January 11, 2023, 11:02 PM »
This is my first post in a number of years, but after seeing Verla Kay's post I knew I needed to reply.  I started a poetry critique group through this board (Blueboard and SCWBI board) back in 2005, and relied on them heavily to recruit new members in the early years.  I'm proud to say the critique group is still going strong today with over two dozen published picture book titles and countless published poems.  Our group has been part of the publishing journey for many writers and I don't know how I would have started a group without the use of this board.  So thank you Verla Kay, the SCBWI, and all those involved in making this work.
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IMPORTANT BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How has the Blueboard helped you?
« Last post by Barbara Etlin on January 11, 2023, 10:59 AM »
I found my critique partners through the Blueboard in 2005. We're still good friends, supporting each others' writing.

When I asked Blueboarders for advice on how to discourage a skunk from terrorizing my dog, I got a useful answer. I eventually wrote about my experience and turned it into a humorous newspaper article, which was published in The Toronto Star.

I've researched various obscure subjects for my writing projects here. Someone always knows the right answer or can tell me where to look.

Occasionally agents would drop by, inviting Blueboarders to query them. I got several requests this way.
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Yes, voice is important, as well as perspective. Are you looking back on childhood? That's adult (even if the POV character is 12). Are you in the moment, with only the knowledge of a 12YO as the POV character? That's MG.

I think there is actually a sort of connection between adult and middle grade. In contrast with those two, YA often feels to me like it's a lone character against the world. But MG and adult can often have more of a community feel, where the POV character's connections with their environment/society carry more importance. Not sure how to explain this feeling, exactly, but more than once I've picked up a book and thought, is it MG? Is it adult?
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