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The Montana SCBWI chapter is hosting a webinar for illustrators with agent, Christy T. Ewers, owner of The CAT Agency.
Christy represents illustrators and author/illustrators in the children’s market, along with her mother and partner, Chris Tugeau, who founded the agency in 1994. The CAT Agency is a boutique agency that believes in the hands-on approach in representing a diverse group of talent from all over the world. Christy works closely with the entire “family” of artists, spearheading promotion and deals for CAT Agency illustrators, as well as working closely with the authors in the group to help craft their stories and hone their writing for young readers. For more information, visit www.catagencyinc.com.

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 3pm MST, 5pm EST

Registration Cost: $15 for SCBWI members/ $30 for non-SCBWI members

Attendees will be able to submit materials to Christy for six months after the webinar.

To register, visit https://montana.scbwi.org/events/portfolios-promotion-with-tips-on-finding-an-agent-a-webinar-for-illustrators/
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SCBWI Webinars / Webinar: Winning Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on January 25, 2020, 07:02 PM »
SCBWI CenCal Webinar
Winning Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships to Further your Writing or illustrating Goals
Saturday, February 29, 2020 10am-11:30am Pacific Time
$10 for SCBWI members or $20 for Nonmembers
https://cencal.scbwi.org/events/winning-grants-fellowships-scholarships-to-further-your-creative-goals/

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Actually we use beta readers for full manuscripts, especially novels, and critique partners for sections of the work. Beta readers are the step before submission. Critters are when you still really need work. But you've got it.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: children's picture book manuscript
« Last post by Vijaya on January 25, 2020, 10:29 AM »
You can write the text as normal dialogue with speech tags or the way you envision like you would a play, but it's more common to use the former. Here's an article I wrote about the use of dialogue, including punctuation:  https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2017/07/dialogue-its-not-just-talk.html
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The Craft of Writing / Re: children's picture book manuscript
« Last post by dkshumaker on January 25, 2020, 07:01 AM »
I use a Pages on my Mac Book to write my PBs. You do need to export to a .doc before you submit them if they are asking for attachments.

And yes, go to The Book for guidelines on margins, etc.

Good luck!
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Ah, okay...sure, that makes sense.  Sort of like having beta readers for adult novels.  (My "default" genre is epic fantasy, so children's books are a completely different dynamic for me...but still very interesting!)  I will definitely check out the critique board and appreciate the suggestion!
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Paying for an editor is the last step before sending a book out. Before that, you need critique partners, as said above.  A good editor is expensive. You don't want to have to pay for one twice.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: children's picture book manuscript
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 24, 2020, 06:08 PM »
Marlena, this information can be found on the SCBWI website under Publications. It's in The Book. In truth, any word processing program will do. You use standard margins with your contact info in the upper left and then title and your name about half way down the page. The text starts some lines after that. Subsequent pages are numbered. But read The Book for the exact distances.

For dialog, you would use standard paragraphs and speech tags with quotes unless you mean the dialog to be formatted as part of the pictures, like using speech bubbles.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: children's picture book manuscript
« Last post by marlena-leach on January 24, 2020, 05:51 PM »
Thank you for your reply Vijaya. My manuscript is for a picture book that is only 340 words. I was wondering if I would just do a margin of 1 inch around and double space. I am not including any pictures. There are two characters talking at times. Do I put the name of each character then a colon ( :) before typing what they are saying? Also, is it necessary to use quotes (")? I did visit the link you sent. It was helpful.
Thanks again,
Marlena
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The Craft of Writing / Re: children's picture book manuscript
« Last post by Vijaya on January 24, 2020, 04:42 PM »
The industry standard is MS-Word and I'm sure it comes for a mac too.
Here are some guidelines: https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/what-are-the-guidelines-for-formating-a-manuscript
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