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Illustrating / How are author-illustrators paid?
« Last post by jerome-malenfant on August 01, 2020, 12:31 PM »
As I understand it, if you're the author of a PB, or of any illustrated childrens' book, that's been accepted for publication, the publishing company will hire the illustrator and pay them a flat fee, while you as the author earn royalties on books sold. But what if you both write and illustrate the book?
Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on July 31, 2020, 06:22 PM »
Thanks, Deb. I added the link to the tutorials above.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by dkshumaker on July 31, 2020, 06:25 AM »
This blog post is SO helpful if you are interested in writing in rhyme!
Research / Re: Working with a third party to "valid" your backmatter
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on July 30, 2020, 05:57 PM »
I've never offered compensation either. I want someone who is so passionate about having correct info out there that they don't need to be paid.
I've been on the Blueboard since 2004 and what a great gift it's been to me learning from others, participating in conversations, and then being able to give back. I still remember as a newbie how I thought I was getting a free education here from all the generous help provided by more experienced members. One of my favorite sections to read is Good News and all the inspiration from stories behind the stories. It also taught me to pay attention to who's buying what.  I've made so many friends here over the years and what a pleasure it's been to meet some of them finally. At conferences, no introductions are needed because we do get to know people here, and then many of the friendships are carried on privately via letters and emails. I'm also part of a couple other writing communities but none rival the Blueboard. Thank you, Verla, for making this and for SCBWI to continue it. I've been so blessed here. Mindy, thanks for starting this thread.
Research / Re: Working with a third party to "valid" your backmatter
« Last post by Vijaya on July 30, 2020, 07:36 AM »
Alicia, I've never offered any compensation, just an issue of the magazine or book after it's been published. It's perfectly fine to make a donation to the museum.
The three most important things I ever did for my writing was join SCBW, find a critique group, and find this board. Almost everything I ever learned about writing has been from the Blueboards. Going to conferences has been a highlight, but I have only been able to attend a few due to distance and travel issues (I usually end up living in a HUGE region--at the other end from where all the action is). In the meantime, the ability to have constant conversations about writing techniques, to be able to exchange for critiques, to learn how the industry actually works and to connect with industry professionals and with writers further along than me on the journey (and to give back in the other direction) has been invaluable. I showed up with a desire to write, but I didn't know what I didn't know. By taking the time to actively participate in meaty discussions about writing, about what makes a book have a soul--these are the kinds of things are what has helped me grow into a writer.
Research / Re: Working with a third party to "valid" your backmatter
« Last post by Alicia Curley on July 30, 2020, 06:21 AM »
Thanks, everyone.

Is it common to offer compensation, in return? Or a donation, in the instance of a non-profit or museum?
I've found awesome critique partners at various stages of my journey, gotten some great advice from authors who have been further along in their writing journey, and have learned about conferences where I've gained useful tips and information.
I get industry insight that's broader than what my local critique groups, even my RA, knows. There are so many of us with such varied experience of the industry. I've gotten tips on agents to avoid, a format for my invoice, clients for my critique services, resume advice, and great critiques. If I have a question, someone here almost always has the answer. And this is on top of the support personally and professionally that we give each other.

It's great to be part of this community, and I mean the term very literally.
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