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Title: A few starter questions
Post by: nicole-studebaker on April 02, 2015, 06:09 PM
I have a hand full of questions so I'm just going to leave them here as I'm aspiring to write picture books.
1. Are there any good sites/books on making a portfolio?
2. At what point do you submit said portfolio?
3. Some picture books rhyme and some do not. Is it cliche to rhyme?

Thank you in advance for any assistance!
Title: Re: A few starter questions
Post by: Jayca on April 02, 2015, 07:34 PM
Hi Nicole!
I see you're brand new here...welcome! You can try using the search box to put in a specific term, and also, take a while to familiarize yourself with the boards. There's a LOT of info here, and it can seem overwhelming at first, but looking through the topic headings and utilizing the search box should get you started. I'm not an illustrator, so I can't offer any specific advice on portfolios (but you'll find there is an illustrator section). I can give you the short answer on rhyming PBs: they have to be perfect--rhyme/rhythm/meter + great story arc & concept--to sell. Rhyming PBs that are well written will never go out of style, IMO. But writing in rhyme is its own unique skill set with a steep learning curve. There are some excellent topic headings about rhyme if you're interested in learning more about writing rhyming PBs.
Again, welcome!
Title: Re: A few starter questions
Post by: Vonna on April 02, 2015, 07:39 PM
Hi Nicole; There are many threads that cover these topics. I hope you will enjoy looking around the boards. Here are a few good starting places.

1. See this thread:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=74823.0  (https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=74823.0)
2. See this thread:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=72439.0  (https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=72439.0)
3. See this thread:  https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=14603.0  (https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=14603.0)
Title: Re: A few starter questions
Post by: RebeccaL-G on April 02, 2015, 07:43 PM
Hi Nicole,

You mention you are a writer.  Are you an illustrator as well?  You asked about creating and submitting a portfolio.  This confuses me as artists don't submit a portfolio (they would have a portfolio to show in person, but when submitting to publishers would submit sketches and finished pieces of art or a dummy) and I'm wondering if you mean something else when you talk about submitting.  If you can clarify I think you'd get more helpful answers.  :cheesy 
Title: Re: A few starter questions
Post by: nicole-studebaker on April 03, 2015, 05:20 AM
Sorry about that. I wasn't sure how to search the boards quite yet.
As for a portfolio... I write and do some illustrations on the side but have no idea if they are what people are looking for. I guess I'm more asking in which format do writers submit their work?
Title: Re: A few starter questions
Post by: Marissa Doyle on April 03, 2015, 06:12 AM
Nicole, this post in our FAQ area might help you start framing your questions about writing and submitting...and point you to some useful posts here on the Blueboards: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?action=faq;sa=show;faqid=8