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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by rachel-berkowitz on January 09, 2022, 01:53 PM »
Debbie -- thanks so much for the suggested wording. That helps a ton! I wanted something a little stronger than the emails I've been sending, but also something that doesn't sound peeved, so this feels like a perfect in between.

Again, I really appreciate everyone jumping in with support and advice about this whole saga! First it was the initial signing of the contract...then the manuscript edits...and now this! I wish things had gone smoother for my first publishing experience, but I guess it's a learning experience.

I'll work on contacting a lawyer first and then sending the email. Thank you, all!

 :yourock
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Next Generation Indie Book Awards
« Last post by David Wright on January 09, 2022, 09:15 AM »
Just a reminder: As per https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=23570.0

...contests posted here are NOT necessarily endorsed or recommended by this website.  Always, always, ALWAYS check out any contest thoroughly before submitting your work...
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Chapter book plot outline
« Last post by abby-voss on January 09, 2022, 08:11 AM »
Does anyone have a 'plot outline' for chapter books for me to look at? Similar to the '12 spread template' for picture books that helps you plot on which spreads a character should be introduced, or where the inciting incident occurs etc?

I know that chapter books tend to be (roughly) 20 chapters of 500 words each so the inciting incident probably needs to occur by the end of the second chapter but is there a rule of thumb for the confrontation to kick in by chapter 5, the realisation as to what is needed to hit by chapter 10, crisis by chapter 12 and so on and so forth? Anything that will help me plot the story against the chapter numbers would be useful as a compass. Thank you.
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Contests and Challenges / Next Generation Indie Book Awards
« Last post by NGIBA on January 09, 2022, 12:24 AM »
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I wonder how much text placement actually matters in your book. It wouldn't change much if the text were above the monkey or next to him. It also doesn't matter if the monkey is having a good time. Keep your illustration notes as short as possible. Text placement, especially is up to the artist and art director. The more standard form is below.

Monkey around. [Art Note: Monkey on a merry go round.]

There are some books like this on the market, though it may be none are new. It is certainly worth asking at a book store and library to see what is out there. Then you could google the authors and artists and maybe even find things on how they put their work together. Good luck.
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Great! I'm so glad you already know of Linda's work. It's one thing to give stage directions but quite another to spell out everything. Ask yourself what's necessary and go with that. Good luck!
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Hi Vijaya,

I'm actually using the Linda Ashman example as a guide for my first draft of the manuscript.  Technically, the book won't be wordless: every page will have text, but only 2-3 words.  The text on each page will be a punny phrase that ties into the image above it.

I think my biggest question is: is using phrases like "below the image" in a manuscript an appropriate way to express how/where to place text?
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Maybe this will help because what I think you're writing is a nearly wordless PB: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=91352.msg1124270#msg1124270
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by HaroldU on January 08, 2022, 07:44 AM »

I'd phrase something like this: While I realize these are difficult times for everyone and you may have no real news at this time, I would very much appreciate a simple status update with clear indications of where my book is in your process right now and what your expectations are going forward. Please get this to me by the end of this month (or however long you are willing to wait) as this will help me manage my expectations." Then thank them for their support of your book and for understanding your need for an update.

If the deadline occurs with no response, immediately follow up with whatever the lawyer says to do. Again, good luck.

Nicely said!

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Hi David,

Correct, I am not the illustrator.  I'm writing the text (the ALL CAPS words), and am providing brief descriptions of each pun in my manuscript for the illustrator.

My biggest concern is... Is the way that I wrote out my examples appropriate for a manuscript, or is there a better and/or more industry-standard way of presenting this material to a publisher?
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