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Graphic Novels / New to all of this and need help with getting started...
« Last post by IrisTiger on August 09, 2022, 04:38 PM »
Hi everyone! I'm an aspiring author/illustrator who is very interested in breaking into graphic novels. I have been to the library and the bookstore to do some market research on what is currently out there. I have read several recently published graphic novels already and will continue to read and research further. I am also deaf/hard of hearing and would love to incorporate that into my work, since diverse books are such a big thing right now. The problem is, I'm so overwhelmed I just don't know where to begin.

I think my first step is to put together a portfolio? But then what? Do I start querying agents or do I go directly to the publishers? And do the agents/publishers want me to have a book proposal ready first in addition to my portfolio? And if that's true, then what do I put in the book proposal? And I believe for a graphic novel I don't need to actually have the whole book fully written and illustrated first, right? I just have to have a few sample chapters and a script? Do I need anything else, like additional sketches that aren't fully done but show a basic idea of what I want to do with the story? Or am I supposed to wait to do that until I actually get a publishing contract?

I just want to make sure I'm doing this right before I get started. Any tips that can help point me in the right direction will be much appreciated!
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Pegasus Publishing
« Last post by christripp on August 07, 2022, 04:29 AM »
Piggy backing off Debbie's reply, "Writer Beware" has a blog, with a search function (topish right)
There seem to be 3 "Pegasus", 1 in uk, 1 in california, 1 in NY. I'm not sure which you're asking about but here's another of WB postings that do mention Pegasus UK.

A Google search with the word vanity or scam turns up a lot.
And above, what Debbie says is spot on, adding any publishers name before or after "vanity" or "scam", is a great research tool.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Pegasus Publishing
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on August 06, 2022, 06:43 PM »
This looks like a vanity press. A Google search with the word vanity or scam turns up a lot. Here's a sample: (This is the gold standard on informing writers),
Picture Books (PB) / Pegasus Publishing
« Last post by robert-brantley-2 on August 06, 2022, 04:15 AM »
Does anyone know much about Pegasus Publishing?
Eleven years old for a protagonist is really the center of middle grade, not upper or lower, but themes matter also.

But getting critiques is always a good idea. You can look for partners here:
You can also post up to 1000 words for critique here:
Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Chapter length in MG
« Last post by Ree on August 05, 2022, 06:33 AM »
I think joining the peer review is a great idea. They can give you ideas as to how to lengthen your story. If it is upper MG, I think it will need to be on the higher end of word count. It sounds like you have a great start!!! Congrats.

Picture Books (PB) / Re: Speech Bubbles in PB
« Last post by JodyJS on August 05, 2022, 04:25 AM »
Hi Ana, For EMERGENCY KITTENS, my text looked like this:

Unfortunately, not everyone knows about EMERGENCY KITTENS.
Meet Sheldon.
One day when Sheldon is playing, his ball takes a bad bounce.      
“My ball! Someone, help!”

The illustrator, Dave Mottram, did this:
Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Chapter length in MG
« Last post by andy-sywak on August 04, 2022, 08:40 PM »
Thanks so much to everyone for the great advice! My first draft was about 10,000 words so I feel like I've puffed everything out. I was not aware that the length of MG novels had grown so this is good to know.

That being said, I feel like I've got a "tweener" book (to borrow a commercial real estate term). My protagonist is an 11 year-old so it is geared more towards the upper echelon of the middle grade readers, and I don't immediately see where I could add another 5,000 words here. In any case, I'd like to join a peer review group and see what people think. I guess I just look on the message boards for that?

Thanks again for all of your insights.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Speech Bubbles in PB
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on August 04, 2022, 06:31 PM »
The dialog format that Julie gave you is used for scripts, which will indicate speech bubbles to an illustrator and editor. But It may not be necessary for you to format this way. If other options also work, leave this to the discussion about your vision for the book and let the art and design team make the final decision.
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