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I always use Renaissance Learning's ATOS analyzer. It's free and easy. Just paste your text into the box and push submit.

http://www1.renaissance.com/Products/Accelerated-Reader/ATOS/ATOS-Analyzer-for-Text/lang/english



Great! Thanks so much for this information!
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There are resources online (like https://www.wordcalc.com/readability/ ) but that means posting your text to a site your don't know, and I don't recommend that. Grammarly and ProWritingAid also give reading stats. I assume Scrivener does, but I'm not sure.

What kind of resources are you looking for?


Your recommendations are very helpful. I will look into them. Thanks so much!
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Reading Level
« Last post by JodyJS on July 26, 2022, 04:33 AM »
I always use Renaissance Learning's ATOS analyzer. It's free and easy. Just paste your text into the box and push submit.

http://www1.renaissance.com/Products/Accelerated-Reader/ATOS/ATOS-Analyzer-for-Text/lang/english

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There are resources online (like https://www.wordcalc.com/readability/ ) but that means posting your text to a site your don't know, and I don't recommend that. Grammarly and ProWritingAid also give reading stats. I assume Scrivener does, but I'm not sure.

What kind of resources are you looking for?
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Reading Level
« Last post by erin-schonauer on July 25, 2022, 03:52 PM »
Hello,

I learned that Word has a feature to analyze the reading level of a document. Does anyone know of other resources to help determine grade level reading based on text?

Thanks!
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Just to chime in, if you have more than one polished PB, you can query them all, just separately. For example, some agents wishlists match manuscript A so you query them with A. But other agent wishlists match manuscript B so you query B to them, etc. If one agent rejects A, but B or C might be a good fit for them, too, then after a few months, you can certainly query that agent with B or C.

I highly recommend keeping a spreadsheet so you can track all of this info. I started querying in 2009 and by the time I signed with my first agent in 2017, I had about 10 manuscripts I was querying on and off and would have never survived that without my spreadsheet, LOL.

And I agree with Debbie's advice, too.
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Just another vote for, yes, they will auto assume you're an Author, if you don't state otherwise :)
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The topic title pretty much explains it all, but does anyone have any advice on where/whether to indicate in your query letter whether you are simply a picture book author, or whether you're an author/illustrator?

Would it just come naturally, such as by saying "Here's a link to my artwork/sample illustrations" or whatever, and then if you don't have anything like that and just say, "The manuscript is pasted below" they can assume you are just an author?

(Of note: I'm just an author and don't know whether I should blatantly indicate that somewhere so they are not looking for my illustrations, or if they will just assume I'm an author-only if I don't mention anything about my pictures anywhere.)

Thanks a bunch in advance for any responses!

Yes. This is exactly it.
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Yes, if you don't mention anything about being an illustrator, they will assume you're submitting as just an author.
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