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Pons does give some important things to consider.

I used my 3 adult children's name in my Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky pb and that turned out fine. I felt a little bad there wasn't another character in the book so I could include my stepson's name as well.  But I solved that problem by self-publishing a pb and using his name in that one.

Before I had any grandchildren, I used my great-niece Katie's name in a magazine story that was published in Clubhouse Jr. She and her mom were both thrilled, so when I was writing another story for that magazine I used Katie's sister's name.  I was delighted when that story was also accepted for publication, since I didn't want to seem to be playing favorites between the sisters.  Imagine my disappointment when I received my author comp copies of the magazine and discovered the editors had changed Rachel's name in the story!  Since I saw no reason for the change, I tactfully wrote the editor and asked about it, explaining that both my nieces were special needs children  and that Rachel had been especially looking forward to seeing her name in the story.  Amazingly, the editor had their design person change the name in the story back to Rachel and then printed out  5 full-color, full-magazine-size copies of the story and sent them to me just so I could give a copy to Rachel.  I still get teary-eyed every time I think about the kindness and caring of that Clubhouse Jr. staff.

Ev, that is so fantastic!
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Ev, that was so lovely of the editors. I imagine those are keepsake issues for your nieces.
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Pons does give some important things to consider.

I used my 3 adult children's name in my Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky pb and that turned out fine. I felt a little bad there wasn't another character in the book so I could include my stepson's name as well.  But I solved that problem by self-publishing a pb and using his name in that one.

Before I had any grandchildren, I used my great-niece Katie's name in a magazine story that was published in Clubhouse Jr. She and her mom were both thrilled, so when I was writing another story for that magazine I used Katie's sister's name.  I was delighted when that story was also accepted for publication, since I didn't want to seem to be playing favorites between the sisters.  Imagine my disappointment when I received my author comp copies of the magazine and discovered the editors had changed Rachel's name in the story!  Since I saw no reason for the change, I tactfully wrote the editor and asked about it, explaining that both my nieces were special needs children  and that Rachel had been especially looking forward to seeing her name in the story.  Amazingly, the editor had their design person change the name in the story back to Rachel and then printed out  5 full-color, full-magazine-size copies of the story and sent them to me just so I could give a copy to Rachel.  I still get teary-eyed every time I think about the kindness and caring of that Clubhouse Jr. staff.
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Are the grandchildren old enough to ask?
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I use names of my kids, their cousins, friends, my friends, relatives liberally, esp. if it fits the meaning for the character. My kids have "edited" some of my short stories, crossing out a character's name to add their own :grin3 

Pons gives you some great scenarios to think about. Happy writing!
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This could turn out beautifully or really bad. Some things to consider:

-How many grandchildren do you have? or will you eventually have?
-Can you reasonably expect to use all of their names in your books?
-Given the difficulty of getting published, what will you do if one or two books in the series are accepted, but the others aren't?
-How will it affect your relationship with the children and parents of children whose names you don't use?
-If you use just one name, will the rest of your family think you have a favorite?
-If your book becomes wildly successful (You never know.), does your grandchild want to share her name with the world?
-Does the child who's name you use want to be associated with the character you create?

What seems like a loving gesture to you, may seem like something else to others. OTOH, you know your family and I don't. It might work out well for you.
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Hello and thank you in advance if you can help. I am struggling with whether to use grandchildren  names in my picture book... I do have permission but I wonder if any of you have used a friend or family member’s name in the past and either you or the other person has later regretted it? This is my first of a series of PB’s so I want to get it right.
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Research / Re: Is Winter 2022 before or after Spring 2022 in publishing?
« Last post by HaroldU on March 02, 2021, 10:50 AM »
In my experience, Winter comes between the Fall and Spring seasons. Generally, Fall refers to August-November, and Spring to February-May.  Winter 2022 would USUALLY mean December 2022 through February 2023. To further complicate things, the seasons can overlap...

So as others have said, check with your publisher to confirm the actual date.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Eco-friendly publishers or agents
« Last post by AnnH on February 28, 2021, 09:10 AM »
Try googling "Eco-friendly publishers." Here's one that turned up:
https://ethical.net/sustainability/happy-pineapple-people-and-planet-friendly-publishing/

Good luck!
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