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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!
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Kidlit Genres / Re: YA Historical fiction based on real family
« Last post by Melody on July 22, 2022, 08:21 PM »
It seems like anything out there in public view is up for grabs as far as turning events you were inspired by into fiction. As you've already experienced, NF is the real challenge because then you must include actual facts and get permission, etc. You wouldn't want to do this with anyone you know without their permission, but you are not doing that. These people seem like strangers who had their stories already made public. You are simply using their story as a catalyst for something new.
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Thank you all so much for the responses!
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Very straightforward and informative answers - thank you so much!
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Since you're looking for someone local, ask around in your SCBWI chapter. Your Illustrator Coordinator may already know some place or be able to reach out to other illustrators with the question on you behalf.
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I am finishing the final illustrations for my first PB.  I painted the illustrations on 9x12 sheets using acrylic paint.  Some of the paintings have a lot of texture.  I would like to get prints made and I will also need to have copies of the prints transferred to a jump drive.  Does anyone have any recommendations for a print shop?

Thank you!

 :flowers2
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Kidlit Genres / Re: YA Historical fiction based on real family
« Last post by Barbara Etlin on July 21, 2022, 02:22 PM »
No, I haven't done this. But, like Debbie, I think you can change the story enough to fictionalize it. After all, most of us are inspired by real life situations and we change the characters' names, locations, ages, sometimes gender, etc.

An adult novel I just read, MEANT TO BE, by Emily Giffen, is a fictionalized reimagining of the meeting and relationship of John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. The names of the protagonists start with J and C (but are different). Some of the background is similar, some is invented. The author included an Author's Note which explained how she was inspired by the historical figures and what she fictionalized. Nowhere does she mention asking for or getting permission from the Kennedy family for fictionalizing the story. By the way, this was a very well written novel and I highly recommend it.
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Kidlit Genres / Re: YA Historical fiction based on real family
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on July 20, 2022, 06:39 PM »
My first thought is you need to make sure the son hasn't gone forward with any other project. You wouldn't want to step on that if he has.

My second thought is you can fictionalize so much that it's no longer quite his family's story. I do know that may not be true if events that must happen in the story can't be moved to other locations, etc. But it might be worth trying. Then you'd be "inspired by" instead of "based upon."

If you have any legal agreement with the son, look at that first. Meanwhile, I'm intrigued to learn this story, so that's a good sign.
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by smithrebeccaj on July 20, 2022, 11:03 AM »
I'm Connecticut.
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