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Picture Books (PB) / 5 OH Summer Conference
« Last post by Trine on Yesterday at 11:20 PM »
Is the LA conference in person or online this year??   :help
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Picture Books (PB) / New: writer with manuscripts What next?
« Last post by jparker-adair on Yesterday at 08:29 PM »
Hi, I’m Parker, and I’m new here. I’ve been working on a series for the last few years and have gotten a lot of bad (and sometimes pricey) advice on the internet so I wanted to come to people who know what they’re talking about.

I have two manuscripts for PBs (both in the same universe; I want to make a series out of this), and I know they need refining before trying to get to publishers. The first story is more refined than the other so I could start there.

I’m a Catholic school teacher (4th grade; my wife teaches 1st in the same school) so I don’t have a lot of extra income to put into classes right away, but I definitely see the value of investing in the right class.

Cheers
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 06:25 PM »
You might also consider seeking artists' reps. They represent artists and author/illustrators.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 06:21 PM »
Great that someone liked them. A theme helps because the theme may appeal to a reader who won't pick up a general book. Also, teachers use them. Remember that theme isn't topic. Can you focus on a character? Setting? Concept? If you had more, you might still find an editor to love them. Poetry is a hard sell in books. Magazines are better markets for them, bu they tend to be flooded because so few markets exist for poetry for kids. Good luck.
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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on Yesterday at 10:51 AM »
I'm thinking this is something that many writers have. :) Glad you're back, Fiona!

Thank you, Andracill. I don't know if you've had experience of distancing yourself from writing for a long length, but it feels weird. I moved house, had a short stay in hospital & newly  diagnosed with a rare illness (at 45 years old!).  It's not life-threatening, but very annoying when it flares up.
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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by andracill on Yesterday at 08:24 AM »
I am good with expression & chatter.
I'm thinking this is something that many writers have. :) Glad you're back, Fiona!
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Book Talk / Re: How did you get here?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on Yesterday at 04:44 AM »
I've recently returned after a long time away & it's good to see releveant & curious questions.
I searched Harold Underdown''s website "The Purple Crayon" & bought his book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books Harold D. Underdown. He mentions it as a reference.
As a writer, it's the best thing I've ever done!

My father is a retired teacher & encouraged reading.

As a writer, it's one of the best things I've done.
You'll find it welcoming & when we can, we'll answer your questions.

Vancemo: I don't think you need to be a great reader. It helps, but stories are a form of communication. A way for a reader to escape & just feel at ease.
I'm not a great with reading either. I am good with expression & chatter. I never shut up when I am here!
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by HDWestlund on May 06, 2021, 02:27 PM »
When you already have publications under your belt, you can definitely lead with the professional work you've already done. At least, when you're an illustrator! Your portfolio is your professional product.
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by emanuel-wiemans on May 06, 2021, 01:25 PM »
thank you for those insights. really helpful! The Netherlands is too small for lit agents. I work directly with publishers. So when i decided i wanted to look around outside Holland i found out that the literary agents field is huge!  I had Andrea Brown on my radar. as they are relatively present online. I was taken aback a bit by their submission guidelines though :) a lot of do and donts. Bookends and Root are others that i've picked up. In the beginning of my search i was under the impression that literary agents were only interested in illustrators if they would present a dummy for a gn of cb. Which i thought was odd because i suspect theres a lot of commissioned childrensbook work out there. After digging deeper i found out there are some that have a illustrators portfolio too. thank you again
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Graphic Novels / Re: finding work in graphic novelland
« Last post by HDWestlund on May 06, 2021, 01:06 PM »
Honestly, when I was agent hunting, I researched the agents of any author/illustrator whose work I admired. I found my agent at least partially by writing an effusive fan letter about one of her authors. (The other part of the equation was the conference I attended, hosted by her agency, Andrea Brown Lit.) Having looked at your website, I am pretty sure that you will not be out of line with a relatively cold query for any agents who you know represent graphic novels. You might also be able to find out more about the tastes of individual agents by seeing who they follow and promote on Instagram. This is the Instagram page for my agency's promotional purposes: https://www.instagram.com/andreabrownlit/ I also like to follow https://www.instagram.com/rodeenliterary/ to see who they are promoting, too.  I know other agencies have Instagram pages, too, but I haven't kept up on the illustrator market, since I am mostly a writer at this point. Although maybe some day I will have my art skills where I want them and be able to consider illustration, too.
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