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Thank you Vijaya and Debbie for the advice.  That really helped because I think I was stuck on how I envisioned the illustration to be and I was worried the reader wouldn't catch that.  I'm glad I reached out... it's all done and submitted now :)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: pages divisible by 8
« Last post by reed-hilton-eddy on Today at 11:25 AM »
Thanks - its early in our query process... we will see what kind of comments we get
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Oops--forgot my email: lhernbloom78@gmail.com
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I am interested!
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Research / Re: Seeking middle grade help
« Last post by jojocookie on Yesterday at 04:11 AM »
Thank you everyone!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Bad Choice of Query Sample?
« Last post by JulieM on April 10, 2021, 11:01 PM »
And if art notes in the ms can be avoided by doing as Debbie suggests - with a blanket statement at the start of the ms and/or query letter - then do so. Sometimes illustrators come up with even better ideas than the author had intended.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: pages divisible by 8
« Last post by Vijaya on April 10, 2021, 07:32 PM »
Counting pages can get pretty tricky. Some pages are pasted to the cover, some not. Sometimes there are extra blank pages. For production purposes they need to be divisible by 8 but I think the best use of paper is if every bit is used for a purpose. I'm especially fond of pretty end-papers that add another layer to the story. Something fun, a surprise. Good luck on your submission and try not to fret over the page count. Art directors are really good at what they do.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Bad Choice of Query Sample?
« Last post by Vijaya on April 10, 2021, 07:24 PM »
It's not a bad choice, Erika. I imagine your story is quite humorous and humor sells. As Debbie says, state it in your query letter and include your art notes in the manuscript itself. Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Bad Choice of Query Sample?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on April 10, 2021, 06:55 PM »
If you can concisely explain what's in the art notes up front, do so. Like: Throughout the text, the dog does the opposite of what the main character asks. This presents your vision but allows you to cut out notes. I do realize this won't work for every idea. But it can help if you can do it. This can be at the top of the manuscript as a single note and in the query letter. Good luck.
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Research / Re: Seeking middle grade help
« Last post by dewsanddamps on April 10, 2021, 06:55 PM »
Jojo, I did this recently myself. I just ran a search for the list of winners, then ran the titles through my library's online catalog. :goodluck
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