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Title: Formatting question
Post by: read lisa scott on November 11, 2014, 07:43 AM
I'm writing a picture book which will have text at the bottom, but will also have dialogue text next to some of the characters. I can't seem to find any information on how to format that for submission.  Thanks for any input!
Title: Re: Formatting question
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on November 11, 2014, 09:34 AM
Hi Lisa,

If you are talking about speech bubbles, there is a thread just a bit down from your post: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=73983.0
If you are speaking of typography that  would be part of the imagery, maybe putting something in brackets may be a good way to go. For instance, in one of my book dummies I use the word "crash" and the letters are crashing into themselves. If I didn't have the ability to do this in photoshop or draw it out, I would put a notation in brackets next to the text which encompasses the idea, while using quotation marks to notate dialogue.
Title: Re: Formatting question
Post by: RebeccaL-G on November 11, 2014, 10:40 AM
The PB manuscript my agent is subbing for me right now is filled with speech bubbles.  I formatted them in parentheses and italics  (Topsy's speech bubble: "blah, blah") 
Title: Re: Formatting question
Post by: read lisa scott on November 12, 2014, 05:56 AM
Thanks!  I must be blind, not sure how I missed the thread below. But then again, whenever I stop a clerk in a store to ask where something is,  I'm standing right in front of it. :)
Title: Re: Formatting question
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on November 12, 2014, 06:26 AM
Lisa, happens to me all the time. :yup