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Fingers and toes crossed for Debbie and everyone else who is entering!  :star2 :star2 :star2

It doesn't look like I'll enter. The manuscript I was thinking of needs tweaks I may no have time for, but we'll see.  But I totally agree about sending the good luck to everyone.

And thank you for your work on this. I know you, and the other judges, do a lot.
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Hi. I'm just finishing up my third chapter book and would love to join the group if there is still an opening. Thanks!
Dan Bailes
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Thank you all so much. PBParty has brought so much sunshine to me, and I love seeing it grow every year. It's evolved from an annual contest to a year-round supportive community.

And with 53 (or more) agents and editors for the final contest round in March, I have a feeling we'll have even more Success Stories than ever.

Fingers and toes crossed for Debbie and everyone else who is entering!  :star2 :star2 :star2

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I'll just speak as an editor, since that's what I am. I'm definitely NOT just signing up author-illustrator projects and I see no reason to move in that direction. I want the best writing AND the best illustrating and I can't always get that from the same person.

FWIW, I can understand agents having a preference for author-illustrators on PB projects, since there's no splitting of the advance and royalty. I don't know if that explains this shift, or if this shift is actually happening.

Thanks to everyone who has weighed in so far. It's comforting to be able to hear from an editor's perspective, Harold.
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I have also observed that the vast majority of agents for picture books now request only author/illustrator submissions.  I am sure that this has everything to do with the effort required to market a clients' work and the return on investment that the agent will receive  ($$$).  I've also been tracking the Rights Reports that appear in the magazine Publishers Weekly.  What's interesting is that you'll see that, despite what the agents are requesting, an ample number of picture books being bought by publishers still have separate author and illustrators.  Any change in this practice, I deduce, will be due to the push from the agents.

Yes, I am worried that since most works will be submitted through agents it will cause the general field to shift that way if it's financially motivated. Good to know that the current numbers haven't shifted too much, though.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Is PB Market moving to author/illustrators only?
« Last post by Hopeful on Yesterday at 08:02 AM »
I have also observed that the vast majority of agents for picture books now request only author/illustrator submissions.  I am sure that this has everything to do with the effort required to market a clients' work and the return on investment that the agent will receive  ($$$).  I've also been tracking the Rights Reports that appear in the magazine Publishers Weekly.  What's interesting is that you'll see that, despite what the agents are requesting, an ample number of picture books being bought by publishers still have separate author and illustrators.  Any change in this practice, I deduce, will be due to the push from the agents.
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Perhaps some Agents feel selling the story to an Editor is a bit easier, when the same person who has written it, is the person who fleshes out the story with the Illustration as well. Submitting to an Editor a dummy, vs text alone. This may be even more true with books that have very few words and were  the story is being mostly told through the art.
But I do think the biggest draw for the Agent is, that advance and royalty split. If they are repping an Author/Illustrator, the full advance goes to that one client and so does, eg:,  10% royalty, as opposed to an Author only getting just 5%.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Is PB Market moving to author/illustrators only?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 25, 2022, 09:35 PM »
I do think Harold has explained the shift many agents have made. I haven't seen it from editors.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Difficulties with Art Director
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 25, 2022, 09:33 PM »
Glad things are progressing in the right direction.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by awful waffles on January 25, 2022, 07:23 PM »
Hurray, Rachel! Debbie, you are so helpful, as are all the folks on here. Three cheers!
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