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Title: What Would YOU Ask a PB Editor?
Post by: Tammi on October 30, 2011, 06:47 PM
Hey, gang.

My friend Rob posed this question on his blog:

http://robsanderswrites.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-would-you-asked.html

If you have ANY questions, I am sure Rob will do his best to track down an answer. He is just that awesome.

Please check out his blog Picture This! if you haven't already. It's the goldmine of picture book blogs, IMHO.
Title: Re: What Would YOU Ask a PB Editor?
Post by: heatherayris on October 30, 2011, 10:11 PM
He's got a great site, thanks for the link! Now to think of a good question...
Title: Re: What Would YOU Ask a PB Editor?
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on October 31, 2011, 04:54 AM
Rob's site is amazing!  And you're right--I bet he would find a way to track down any answer.  Thanks for the link, Tammi. :) 
Title: Re: What Would YOU Ask a PB Editor?
Post by: 217mom on October 31, 2011, 11:48 AM
I tried to post on Rob's wonderful site, but it didn't work. This is what I would have posted:

I’ve been in PC (=Personal Correspondence) with many PBs editors. Don’t get me wrong- I do appreciate the feedback. But what I’d like to know (but have not voiced until this post) is how much they abhor or, conversely, want Illustration notes from the writer. I have gotten comments that the text should be trimmed because a lot of it could be done with illustrations, and comments that they need for the text to be complete without illustration notes. Sometimes from the very same editor.
As a writer, my preference is to not include illustration notes unless they are absolutely necessary. I take it for granted that when illustrated the text will lose some of its verbiage. I’m also aware that editors are different.
So if I were interviewing a specific editor, I would ask them about this.
Title: Re: What Would YOU Ask a PB Editor?
Post by: Jean Reidy on October 31, 2011, 11:50 AM
Cool! Just tweeted about it as well.
Jean
Title: Re: What Would YOU Ask a PB Editor?
Post by: Cathy Ballou Mealey on November 15, 2011, 05:37 PM
Along those lines, JR - did you include illustration notes for Too Purpley/Too Pickley?  Did you know your editor was very visually creative and able to conceive of the perfect illustrations for your text?