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Title: Sidebars vs. Writer's Notes
Post by: AmandaSue on March 19, 2013, 09:25 PM
I'm debating between sidebars or a writer's note at the end of my NF PB.  Some of the information fits much better into a writer's note telling the whole story. But I also want to include little tidbits and facts about the animals in the book. I feel like those would work better as sidebars, but I wouldn't have one for every page. Is that okay? 

If I have sidebars, do I have to have them evenly spaced through the book, or is it okay to have three on one page and zero on another?

What about having a Writer's note at the end, plus a small fact sheet about the animals? Is that overkill?

What do editors prefer?
Title: Re: Sidebars vs. Writer's Notes
Post by: JulieM on March 19, 2013, 10:36 PM
Can you do both? You don't have to have sidebars on every page. Little tidbits here and there throughout the book would be a fun surprise for young readers. If there is one on every page just because you fell you need to have one on every page, then the info could feel a bit forced. (IMO)
What do editors prefer? In my experience it depends on what suits. (I am not an editor though.)
Title: Re: Sidebars vs. Writer's Notes
Post by: HaroldU on March 20, 2013, 04:01 AM
Editors prefer what works! Do the right thing by your material, whatever that is.
Title: Re: Sidebars vs. Writer's Notes
Post by: mrh on March 20, 2013, 07:47 AM
I agree with using sidebars, and placing the sidebars where they fit. I agree with Julie that if you start worrying about a sidebar for p. 3, because it's the only page that doesn't have one, etc., the sidebar(s) may feel forced.

You can have an author's note, too, but I'd keep it short, and anything you actually think the kids would find cool, I'd put into the sidebars.

 :goodluck