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As a member of SCBWI, you have free access to The Book, the Essential Guide to Publishing which lists all kinds of helpful information such as this--check out the section called "From Keyboard to Printed Page".  You can find it here   https://www.scbwi.org/online-resources/the-book/   Make sure you are logged in to SCBWI first.
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Hi Paul,

I'm not sure about the UK--but I think it would be the same as in the US. A typical page is 8 1/2 x 11 with 1" margins using Times New Roman size 12 font. For pasting 10 pages into an e-mail for an agent query, I used to start at the top of the page vs. leaving room on top for the beginning of the novel and the start of each chapter (I'd put it in a new file so I could see how long it was).

Find a great place to stop. If page 10 is the beginning of a new chapter, consider sending 9 pages. 

Here's helpful info from SCBWI on formatting a manuscript: https://www.scbwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/From-Keyboard_2014.pdf

Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Board Book Sales
« Last post by tenisha-bernal on July 10, 2022, 04:44 PM »
:congratulations Tenisha on your first board book!!! That's so exciting you are able to track sales, but I would simply enjoy the numbers going up instead of trying to gauge whether the amount is good or above or below. Consider instead what success means to you.

Sales is just one metric. Earning out is another. Making a difference in just one person's life is something you can't put a value on. And saving a life is of infinite value. I don't mean to dismiss your query about what sort of sales one can expect for board books but I've never seen a number. Most board books are priced under $10 so they'd need to sell in the thousands to break even. From my previous research, I know that most books sell fewer than 5,000 copies and go out of print in 2 yrs. I don't know if this is helpful for you to know. But I hope you will have steady sales. :clover

Thank you Vijaya for your kind words, I really appreciate them! And you're so right about making a difference :)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Board Book Sales
« Last post by tenisha-bernal on July 10, 2022, 04:42 PM »
I can't comment on numbers, but congratulations on your debut publication  :stars3

Thanks so much!
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One agent has asked.........
'Paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email.'
Can anybody recommend the standard page size and font used in the UK for a middle-grade book?
Many thanks  Paul
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Picture Books (PB) / Audio book question
« Last post by janice-blanchett on July 09, 2022, 06:40 PM »
So a musician friend of mine asked me if he could create music to go along with my children's book. A mutual friend narrated it. It is quite good. I don't know how to proceed with it. I would like to be able to sell it as a download. I appreciate any help. 
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by emily-holewczynski on July 09, 2022, 05:28 PM »
Just this last round, in March. Still seems like a long wait, no?! But if we haven't heard and there's been no official announcement yet, then...?!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by samantha-cassetta on July 09, 2022, 09:51 AM »
Nothing here either.  Not sure what to suggest about submitting the story elsewhere yet. Had you submitted as part of the first round back in 2020 or whenever it was, or did you just do the call for submissions in March?
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Board Book Sales
« Last post by Vijaya on July 09, 2022, 09:13 AM »
:congratulations Tenisha on your first board book!!! That's so exciting you are able to track sales, but I would simply enjoy the numbers going up instead of trying to gauge whether the amount is good or above or below. Consider instead what success means to you.

Sales is just one metric. Earning out is another. Making a difference in just one person's life is something you can't put a value on. And saving a life is of infinite value. I don't mean to dismiss your query about what sort of sales one can expect for board books but I've never seen a number. Most board books are priced under $10 so they'd need to sell in the thousands to break even. From my previous research, I know that most books sell fewer than 5,000 copies and go out of print in 2 yrs. I don't know if this is helpful for you to know. But I hope you will have steady sales. :clover
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