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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Story Rewrite
« Last post by Vijaya on November 11, 2021, 06:08 AM »
Debbie, I've seen both Highlights/Boyds Mills and Cricket/Cricket books. Same umbrella.
Research / SCBWI Members: Calling for Book Covers to Promote!
« Last post by lisa-rojany-buccieri-2 on November 10, 2021, 08:09 PM »
Hi SCBWI Members!

I am currently writing the 3rd edition of WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR DUMMIES and need some new cover art for recent titles (last two years). The book's cover will be featured in the chapter about formats or genres. Permissions will have to be acquired (I'll send you a form) from the publisher and permissions language will be included. I am looking for one title (middle grade, chapter books, or YA) in each of the  following categories:

Science fiction


Graphic novel

Horror and ghost stories



Gender-oriented series





Please email me at if you are interested in having your cover appear in the book and give me the title,  author, illustrator, year of publication, and category you believe your book falls under. I will be accepting entries for a week and will decide based on appropriateness for the category and first-come, first-served. This is a great promotional opportunity for writers as the book will not be updated again for the next 8 years—so that's 8 years of promotion!


Lisa Rojany
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Story Rewrite
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on November 10, 2021, 06:31 PM »
As said above, you have to make sure you own the rights. If you do, then you can try to sell this as a PB but do be up front about it's history. And I don't know if a publisher will look a it since most don't want anything previously published. You simply have nothing to lose but time. (This sort of thing happened often in the heyday or short stories. Many became novels.) The title does not matter. Titles are not part o copyright.

V, I've seen magazine stories turned into PBs by the magazine. Highlights stories pubbed by Boyd's Mills for example.  Were the ones you're thinking of put out by separate publishers?
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Story Rewrite
« Last post by Vijaya on November 10, 2021, 04:14 PM »
I've seen a couple of magazine stories (Crickets?) turn into PBs and I assume that the author only sold first North American serial rights (this was before they bought all rights). I've asked for non-exclusive rights and they've been granted. Haven't done anything with them yet because I'm always chasing new ideas. But first thing to do is to check what rights you have and when you submit you might want to mention that the story was in an anthology 10 yrs ago. Editors appreciate knowing the history of a piece, especially if it's appeared before in another form. Good luck.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Story Rewrite
« Last post by dkshumaker on November 10, 2021, 02:17 PM »
So the first story published in the anthology was not a picture book but just a short story?

I think it would depend on what your contract states for that anthology. And when you say "rewrite" is the story arc the same? I think if you've changed things up significantly, it might be OK, but I really have nothing to base that on. I hope someone with more experience with anthologies and rewrites chimes in. . . .
Picture Books (PB) / Story Rewrite
« Last post by evelyn-savitz on November 10, 2021, 08:05 AM »
I have rewritten a story of mine that was published 10 years ago in a holiday anthology into a picture book manuscript titled the same. Do publishers consider rewrites or is this something they don't like?
Has anyone out there in SCBWI published a rewrite? With the same title? 
Thanks! Evelyn Luchs
Yes, MG. Good luck!
Yup, Lori's book is definitely MG. Also, lots of PB biographies are used in middle school, even the standard 32-pg ones. It's all about the subject and how it's presented.
Chapter books are for the same age group as picture books. The readership is "kids who have graduated from leveled texts."

Ages 8-12 is middle grade. So the  Leeuwenhoek book is middle grade nonfiction.

In my experience, the length of a first draft is only vaguely related to the length of the final manuscript.
Yes, Lori's book is 6,855 words.

If you need to know the word count of most published books, try and follow the prompts. Great resource.

Hi Jody,

I just got Lori Alexander's NF chapter book about Van Leeuwenhoek from the library.  It looks wonderful!   It seems like a great match for what I have written.  Thank you so much!!!!  My book has grown to about 4,000 words so I am getting close to Lori's book as far as size.

So this book ("All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World") is considered a "Chapter Book", right?  It is for grades   3-7 (ages 8-12) so that makes it a Middle-Grade book, right? 
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