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Mindy, this looks fantastic. I have to see if I have any PBs to submit this year.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Illustration copyright in a series?
« Last post by HaroldU on Today at 06:44 PM »
I am not a lawyer, but an editor--which gives me some experience to draw on to comment on this. And that experience tells me that as long as you craft your contract clearly, the illustrator will only have copyright in their illustrations. They will not acquire any rights to your character from having illustrated the character in one book, and you would be able to change illustrators. So you do not need to pay more to buy the copyright from the illustrator.

Of course, if the original illustrator holds copyright in the illustrations, a new one could not copy one of the illustrations in a new book, but that's a different issue.

Are you still looking for more chapter book groupies? I've only just started mine, but would love to join.

Thank you!
lynn  (dot) leitch (at) gmail (dot) com
This contest is for unagented picture book writers and author/illustrators!

The PBParty judges and I are so excited for submission day on March 1. The final round has 52 amazing agents and editors.

Here's a link to the contest info and FAQ:

Here's the list of participating agents and editors:

We also have an exciting giveaway with 38 critiques from past PBParty finalists & some of my agent-siblings. I'm thrilled so many people will win a prize...but I wanted everyone to be winners, so I put together a Google form for a PB ranking party to help make sure they know which manuscript is the strongest and get at least a little feedback (there's detailed info inside the post).

Fingers crossed for everyone who enters! It's fun cheering for all the Blueboard finalists each year. The judges and I can't wait to read your entries. 🙂
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!    :-\
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