SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Two main characters
« Last post by JulieM on August 16, 2022, 04:05 PM »
And our friend Salina Yoon's Be A Friend -
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Two main characters
« Last post by Ree on August 16, 2022, 05:48 AM »
The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Two main characters
« Last post by JodyJS on August 16, 2022, 04:11 AM »
Sam and Dave Dig a Hold by Mac Barnett is a goodie.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Two main characters
« Last post by dkshumaker on August 15, 2022, 01:44 PM »
From Here To There by Sue Fliess.

Shark vs. Train  by Chris Barton.

It Will Be OK by Lisa Katzenberger

I'm sure there are many more, but these are off the top of my head.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Two main characters
« Last post by Vijaya on August 15, 2022, 12:43 PM »
Friendship stories are a mainstay of PBs. The one that comes to mind immediately for characters equal importance to the story is Holly Keller's Farfallina and Marcel. They aren't children but it could serve as a mentor text.  Same with some of the chapter books like Frog and Toad, Fox and Chick, Bobo and Pup-Pup. I hope this is helpful even though it's not exactly what you were looking for. Good luck.
Picture Books (PB) / Two main characters
« Last post by jennifer-cowan on August 15, 2022, 10:52 AM »
I'm looking for picture books with 2 main child characters, of equal importance to the story.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Pegasus Publishing
« Last post by HaroldU on August 12, 2022, 08:49 AM »
As others have said--they are a well-known vanity press. They'll be happy to publish your book in return for thousands of dollars, though that may not be clear yet...
Graphic Novels / Re: New to all of this and need help with getting started...
« Last post by christripp on August 11, 2022, 05:08 AM »
MANY yrs ago (maybe 12?) I attended a Highlights weekend with Matt Phelan talking about Graphic Novels. If memory serves (these days it usually doesn't) his submission to Candlewick was in a movie script format, because he went to Uni to study, hopefully write, movie scripts.
Since many GN's might only have text moving the story along in less then 1/2  the book, a script can be used to describe panel by panel, pg by pg, what's happening in the story.  Google Matt and there are a number of interviews (like for "Snow White", at the Miami Book Fair) where you'll get glimpses of inspiration on setting up your Manu"script" :) For a GN all thumbnail sketches need to be completed IMO because they are in essence, your text and you always complete any other manuscript before submission. BUT nothing needs to, or should be, final art.
For your portfolio, SCBWI has on-line events from time to time that pertain to them. I just saw this one, and reg closes tomorrow (Friday) coincidently. It's $50 for members but does sound very good, because of the Art Director doing it. I'm sure the 15 private portfolio reviews are filled up by now but doesn't hurt to find out. Either way, you can be part of the on-line course.
Do check with your regional IC to find out what other events might be happening for Illustrators, specifically for GN's and Portfolio. (you can also spend time going region by region to see what up coming events they might be hosting) Good luck!
Graphic Novels / Re: New to all of this and need help with getting started...
« Last post by Vijaya on August 10, 2022, 01:16 PM »
:welcome Iris. You're in the right place. It's normal to feel overwhelmed with what all one must be doing to be successful in this business. You're doing the right thing by studying what's published. While you're reading to study, also take note of who's publishing the books, who the agents are for these authors and illustrators. But I'd focus on the craft at this stage since you say you are new to all this. Write the story you want to write. Draw the pictures. Try to find a local group with whom you can share your work with. Your regional advisor should be able to help you find a critique group. When you've made the work as best as possible, only then would I consider sending it out. And by that time, you'll have an online portfolio to attract agents and publishers. Check out the portfolios of our members and see what elements you like, what makes sense to showcase, and go from there. You might already have come across Cece Bell's memoir El Deafo. If not, check it out. It's wonderful you are both a writer and artist. Good luck!
I'm going to take your question one at a time in order to try to keep from overwhelming you further.

First, are you interested in illustrating work written by other people? If so, a portfolio is the way to go. Use the art style you hope to sell. But if you are willing to do picture books or cover art, have some pieces in appropriate styles.

Second, once your portfolio is solid, you start querying artist reps and some agents. (Look for folks interested in author/illustrators for graphic novels.) You may also query with a graphic novel proposal.

If you are not interested in illustrating material written by someone else, then you put together a proposal with sample art. Here's a page from a literary agent on what a proposal contains: Read the bottom section first. And here's a related page on how to query it:

Good luck.
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10