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Nebraska / Critique circle?
« Last post by trevor-jones on Yesterday at 02:24 PM »
I'm working on a YA historical fiction book and would love to get more feedback. I'd be interested in starting or joining a critique circle -- we could start with a couple of chapters and see if we're a good fit.
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Nebraska / Moderated messages
« Last post by kimberly-ziemann on Yesterday at 12:06 PM »
Hello Nebraska Writers and Illustrators,

If you receive a message that your post needs approval and you don't see it approved and posted, please email me to let me know! I'm the moderator for this board and have been trying to figure out the notification issues we've been having.  If you click on my name, there should be a link to email me or you can find my email in my profile.

I hope we can all use this wonderful resource to stay connected and share news.

Kim



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How to Register For & Use the Blueboard / Re: So many icons!
« Last post by marica-bernstein on Yesterday at 11:41 AM »
Oh! So much better. I should have thought to go looking in setting. Thank you!
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How to Register For & Use the Blueboard / Re: So many icons!
« Last post by mrh on Yesterday at 11:17 AM »
Marica, click on your screen name in the upper right, and under Modify Profile click Look and Layout.

In the second line on the Profile page, click the dropdown menu under Current Smiley Set. Choose No Smileys, scroll to the bottom, and click Change Profile.

If you already have a reply box open, refresh that page.

That should do it!
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How to Register For & Use the Blueboard / So many icons!
« Last post by marica-bernstein on Yesterday at 07:48 AM »
The answer is probably staring me in the face but I cannot figure out how to minimize (or remove entirely) the eight lines of icons that show between the formatting buttons and the box in which one types.

I'm here talking about what the screen looks like when writing a new post.  :warrior2

That's for your help!
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I loved the book course I took with ICL: https://www.instituteforwriters.com/ I don't know if you still have to take the magazine course first. Check with them. I've taken both and also taught the magazine course for several years before retiring.

Highlights offers whole novel workshops: https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/programs/2985/the-whole-novel-workshop/
Free expressions also has workshops tailored around novels: https://www.free-expressions.com/

Some craft books that I turn to over and over:
Second Sight by Cheryl Klein
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Writing the Breakout Novel and Emotional Craft of Fiction by Don Maass

Check out other threads for book recommendations:
https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=90968.msg1121224#msg1121224
https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=73158.msg899844#msg899844
https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=16508.0

Good luck! I hope you find something that fits your needs and your budget.

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I’m partway through my middle grade draft, and realized I could use some more structured support and feedback. I’m looking for a general mg writing class, it would be nice if I could work on my story there, but I’d like to learn more about craft generally.  Any recommendations?
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Golden Fleece Press
« Last post by HaroldU on June 14, 2021, 09:41 AM »
Glad to see you've reached a resolution!

I just re-read the thread and wanted to make a couple of comments that may benefit anyone reading through it for help in a similar situation.

First, they describe themselves as a "full-service publisher." That's an odd choice of words, and not what I would expect an established trade publisher ("trade" means they publish books for bookstores, and usually also for libraries) to use. It's more a term used by companies that offer "services" but not the actual trade model. At this point you've investigated them and are satisfied, but others should know this: find out what this means, if a company uses it.

Second, someone helpfully posted a link to my site, but unfortunately it went to my long-inactive blog. So here is a link to the actual home page of my site, The Purple Crayon: https://www.underdown.org/

Thanks!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Readability calculators
« Last post by allison-way on June 11, 2021, 11:31 AM »
Thanks!

I think the title of the genre defines it: children that age are more (from my experience) into rhythm & repetition. I've always written in narrative & if a child doesn't know the meaning of a word, they'll ask: they are inquisitive little beasts.

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Readability calculators
« Last post by thunderingelephants on June 11, 2021, 07:42 AM »
I think the title of the genre defines it: children that age are more (from my experience) into rhythm & repetition. I've always written in narrative & if a child doesn't know the meaning of a word, they'll ask: they are inquisitive little beasts.
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