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Illustrating / Best Affordable Scanners
« Last post by HDWestlund on Yesterday at 08:15 PM »
I’ve been getting requests for prints and cards made from my watercolor paintings. I also would (eventually) like toconsider being able to scan art for illustrations. But I’m pretty naive about what quality of scanner I need. I have a very basic printer/copier/scanner, but 600dpi and 300dpi aren’t coming out very true to color. Should I be investing in a stand alone scanner? And if so, what kind do you recommend?
Illustrating / Re: Illustration Paper Help
« Last post by Cynthia Kremsner on Yesterday at 06:35 PM »
Always a bit late to respond. I use cold press / Langton Prestige . I love it because I can keep layering without the work puddling or muddying up as I use mixed media of watercolor and gouache.  My drawings start out on regular drawing paper, then I clean up in PS and print on my Epson Stylus Pro, which has a setting for watercolor so the ink doesn't bleed when it gets wet. This works really well when my originals have been shaded a lot and I've put some major details into the drawings that I don't want to lose. I can print up to 17 inches wide and any length, so this is a good option for me as I work larger for extra detail, especially when working with the texture of the cold press.  Scans aren't an issue as I use Photoshop in the last part of the process to get the colors back to the original.  One nice thing about working with traditional mediums, is you can sell your original works, as I've sold quite a few of my illustrator postcard originals. There are collectors who are quite enthused to find some of us are still favoring using traditional mediums.
Non-Fiction (NF) / Re: Millbrook Open Submission
« Last post by carrots on November 18, 2018, 01:56 PM »
 :congratulations ,  Buffy and   :crossedfingers , Julie!!

 :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Webinar: Finding an Agent
« Last post by Vonna on November 18, 2018, 08:10 AM »
The Eastern NY SCBWI chapter is hosting a webinar on Finding an Agent. Details below:

Finding an Agent: Making a Match with Carrie Pearson

Date(s) - 11/30/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you can't make it live, there will be a replay available:

Finding the right agent has often been compared to finding a spouse–hopefully, they will be your lifelong business partner, a creative collaborator, your negotiations champion, and eventually the go-between for difficult conversations with your publisher.

But just like online dating, finding an agent can be overwhelming.

Where do you start?

Join Carrie Pearson for a live webinar focused on preparing for and finding the right agent fit for you and your work. It’s not enough to find an agent; the important work is to find your agent match.
Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Using "said" in MG
« Last post by Frank Oliver on November 17, 2018, 09:59 PM »
HP is why writing gets me dizzy sometimes - it seems there are always the exceptions to a style that everyone ALWAYS says should not be used!

What I've been doing sounds similar to what Debbie just said - I use "said" but infrequently also use "shout" - but, include it in the first person ("Dad is shouting again") and then Dad's question ("What's happening up there?") - not sure if it works, but at least it's another way of crossing the same goal (lol).

Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Using "said" in MG
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on November 17, 2018, 06:02 PM »
I would have put The Sorcerer's Stone down because of the writing if my son wasn't making me read it. The first six books could each have been 50 pages shorter if you ask me without changing the plot or losing any element needed in later books. (I'm still reading book seven, so can't comment there yet. So far it's not that many pages too long.)

But this is a digression. Summarizing the advice given: strong verbs beat adverbs and action sentences can replace tags. Vary sentence structure and consider how many people are talking before deciding what tags are needed. Said can become boring if overused, but will disappear if used well. Sometimes substitutes convey needed information. I think that covers it.
Non-Fiction (NF) / Re: Millbrook Open Submission
« Last post by Rebecca Kraft Rector on November 17, 2018, 05:18 PM »
Big congrats, Buffy!
Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Using "said" in MG
« Last post by andracill on November 17, 2018, 02:07 PM »
They get to do (yes, are "forgiven" for) things we could not get away with, sometimes including just plain weak writing.

For me, the takeaway is always that when we look at best-selling authors, we try to find that piece that truly makes them stand out. For some writers, it *is* the writing itself -- that amazing voice and style that just feels like silk. Other writers, however, excel in other areas and are able to succeed *despite* weaker writing skills. JKR is one of the latter, imo. Her characters, her stories -- those are what shine and what lights up our imagination. Her actual writing isn't great, by any means. I think seeing her put together the next Fantastic Beasts franchise really brings home her exceptional abilities to create characters and stories that far exceed those of the average person -- and she doesn't need to rely on sentence-level skills for that, either. Win-win. ;)
Off Topic Board / Re: In-law Woes
« Last post by karen-b-jones on November 17, 2018, 12:47 PM »
When family is supportive, it's a wonderful relationship. 

However, not every family is. 

Sometimes you have to separate yourself for your own well-being. 

My parents had to do this with my father's mom and siblings when I was a kid.  It was a little sad growing up without a relationship with my Grandmother, but it was too stressful to be around her.  Most of my memories of her are of fights.  Very little of normal, positive things.  Detaching ourselves from her was the best decision. 

You don't have to move to another city to disassociate yourselves (we didn't) but I understand how that would make it easier to avoid them. 

I don't know your financial situation, but if you really were considering moving to another city, state, or country, you are at convenient loose ends now (with your home and one employer) to do it if you wanted to.   

I wish you both the best of luck! 
Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Using "said" in MG
« Last post by mrh on November 17, 2018, 10:55 AM »
there's no evidence that they harm the marketability of a good story.

What the evidence actually shows, I think, is that they don't harm the marketability of a story *that takes the world by storm.* Good stories suffering from weak writing are rejected by agents in droves on a daily basis (both for the weak writing and for being merely "good" when what they're looking for is a stand-out). As a long-time writing teacher, I know how common it is for a writer to have a good story but their writing isn't up to the same level.

As for "forgiven", JK's agent, editors, publishers, and readers have all decided there is nothing to forgive

Not all, no. Even some who adore HP -- and I am one of them -- recognize that much of the sentence-level writing is adequate at best. And I do know people who have closed the books because of the writing, especially if they have attempted to read them out loud with children.

I think the important point for newer writers is that we have to look carefully before we borrow literary techniques from blockbuster sellers. They get to do (yes, are "forgiven" for) things we could not get away with, sometimes including just plain weak writing.
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