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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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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by meredith-flory on June 10, 2021, 02:11 PM »

Several of you mentioned "checking in" or getting rejections, etc... Is there a particular person to do so with or a list of long/shortlisted somewhere or should we assume no news is good news? I haven't heard anything, but it's possible I suppose something went into SPAM and I didn't see it., but magazines are starting to look for October content, so while I'm happy to wait, also if I did miss a rejection I might want to send it elsewhere.
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Research / Re: Legal counsel for contracts
« Last post by curlyjo on June 10, 2021, 01:07 PM »
The  Author's Guild it is! I've located the Phoenix Chapter of the Guild and will be contacting them shortly, along with my SCBWI Chapter RA. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Research / Re: Legal counsel for contracts
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on June 09, 2021, 05:59 PM »
The Authors Guild was great in providing a comprehensive review of my most recent contract. I also worked with publishing attorney Mary Flower. She is highly experienced, with reasonable fees and smart, helpful suggestions that for the most part the publisher was willing to accept.

A friend of mine uses her, but I always thought she was in NY. I guess the contracts are usually subject to NY law because this is where the companies are.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Golden Fleece Press
« Last post by Ev on June 09, 2021, 04:42 PM »
Wishing you the best, Rachel! I hope everything works out well. Please keep us posted.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Including pages in pb ms submission
« Last post by JulieM on June 09, 2021, 04:32 PM »
Thanks for the advice everyone and good luck JulieM!

Thank you!
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Research / Re: Legal counsel for contracts
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on June 09, 2021, 03:40 PM »
One more vote for The Author's Guild.
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Research / Re: Legal counsel for contracts
« Last post by ButterflyGirl on June 09, 2021, 10:40 AM »
The Authors Guild was great in providing a comprehensive review of my most recent contract. I also worked with publishing attorney Mary Flower. She is highly experienced, with reasonable fees and smart, helpful suggestions that for the most part the publisher was willing to accept.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Readability calculators
« Last post by allison-way on June 09, 2021, 10:36 AM »
Thank you for your help!

Hi Allison.

The score is simply a calculation on the combination of sentence lengths and syllables (the math is here: https://www.semrush.com/kb/830-how-is-readability-score-calculated) so just changing the MC from Amelia to Bob can make a difference of a couple grades.

But PBs are often read by parents. Are you writing a PB or an early reader?

Perhaps you should think of comparable stories and look up their reading level. It may surprise you. Green Eggs and Ham is grade 1.5, but The Lorax is grade 3.1

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