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Graphic Novels / Debut Graphic Novel Promo Groups
« Last post by andy-nordvall on Yesterday at 01:35 PM »
Anyone who has a debut GN coming out in 2023 and is interested in forming a promo group. Please drop me a line.
Graphic Novels / Re: Graphic Novel How To Resources
« Last post by andy-nordvall on Yesterday at 01:31 PM »
Another resource, if you want a good selection of sample comic scripts, there's a whole database of them at <>
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Difficulties with Art Director
« Last post by kay-meadows on January 21, 2022, 08:54 AM »
Vijaya Thanks for your advice. I am taking very good notes and I will know what to counter on the next contract.  ::-)
It looks like I am going to have to call because I haven't had a response to the second email. I will let you all know what happens.
Okay, I get it. The bird's responses match the syllable pattern you're showing.

But I don't understand why. Does a real stilt's call match the same long pattern?

Either way, your bigger concern is how well a reader might embrace this. So 1) Would they recognize the structure? 2) Would they care? and 3) would the constant repetition grate?

Or put another way, does it make your story  better, or is it an ego-centric effort (I don't mean this in a selfish way, but in a "I'm showing I can do it" way)?

Sorry, but I'm an impatient reader and would start skipping dialogue from the bird quickly. Because following the general rule of "make every word count" following that pattern adds text that fails to move the story forward.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Difficulties with Art Director
« Last post by Vijaya on January 20, 2022, 07:24 PM »
Kay, I would suggest you make an appt. to talk with the new art director. It's very difficult when you don't get a lot of direction to begin with only to find out that there are multiple revisions to be made. I'm not an artist, but in my writing contracts, there are generally 1-2 revision passes specified. I have worked with one publisher that kept changing the specifications on me and it was very frustrating and then they killed the project because they didn't know what they wanted in the first place. I wish I had a kill-fee in that contract. I'm sorry you are having a difficult time with the new art director; maybe it will be solved with an honest phone-call or video-call. Good luck! And please let us know how it turns out.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Difficulties with Art Director
« Last post by kay-meadows on January 20, 2022, 07:15 PM »
Thanks for commenting. In my contract it doesn't say anything about how long it would take them to get back to me for changes. That's what is really concerning me. I'm on a learning curve here because things went relatively smoothly with the first book. They had very tight deadlines howevere. I didn't have a lot of time for sketches or painting the spreads. I asked for more time on this book but with all of her changes like I mentioned I'm still working on sketches. So the time line is shot!    :-\
Hi Marica. I'm confused by what you have. Make sure each new speaker gets a new paragraph. Also, does the bird speak in English and it's own language or is this how the children perceive it's speech? Like they imagine what he says? If they speak English, cut the bird sounds or use them minimally for flavor. If they speak bird, how do the kids know what to say in response? Make it clear.

I'm just realizing this is two birds, Lawyer and Rocky.  Proper paragraphing will clear that up. I hope this helps.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Illustration copyright in a series?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 20, 2022, 06:20 PM »
You can purchase the rights to the art. It will cost more to do so. I believe that allows you to commission a new artist with the same style to mimic your earlier books if needed.  This article might help: And this one: But I suspect you need to own the rights to the art as the text on the character will already be yours. You may wish to post in Ask a Lawyer with this question to get a legal opinion.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Difficulties with Art Director
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 20, 2022, 06:12 PM »
I'm not an illustrator, but I do freelance as an author. My first thought is to read your contract carefully. Does it cover requested changes and the time line for them. There is often a timeline for them to get back to you as well as for you to resubmit sketches. That part is not uncommon as far as I've heard. It is unfortunate that you weren't given much direction to start with though. Knowing what's expected sure does save time later. Sorry I can't be of more help and that this is happening to you.
Picture Books (PB) / Illustration copyright in a series?
« Last post by ChristyL on January 20, 2022, 02:15 PM »
Hello- I'm a writer and self-publishing a book...specifically a series of picture books based on one character.  I know that typically the illustrator will retain the copyright to their illustrations.  My question is who would own the copyright to the main character? Or should this be spelled out in the contract? I would love to keep the same illustrator for all of the books, but what if something doesn't work out? I need to keep the copyright to the character so that I can continue the series based on this character. 

I want to be fair to the illustrator, and also protect myself.

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