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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Using "said" in MG
« Last post by A. S. Templeton on November 20, 2018, 03:40 PM »
The only thing I will add is to remember that British rules and U.S. rules regarding spelling and grammar will differ at times. Spelling can change from U.S. "color" to British "colour". So when submitting, it's probably best to follow the "rules" of that nation or publisher.
House and customary styles too might apply. Many UK writers commonly place the tag verb before the subject: "Howdy," said Bob.

Whereas American writers (especially those of the Only Said orthodoxy) tend to place the verb post: "Say what?" Simon said.

This latter example illustrates what I call the dreaded Simon Says effect, named after an actual MG book wherein the writer uses dozens of instances of Simon said, every one of which popped me out of the narrative with a reminder of the nursery game refrain.
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Off Topic Board / Re: Confessions of An Empathy Junkie
« Last post by Pons on November 20, 2018, 03:09 PM »
Congratulations, Gatz!

eta: I couldn't find your article before, but V's link got me there and I enjoyed reading it. You're right. We have to write characters we can connect to. Thanks.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Using "said" in MG
« Last post by Melody on November 20, 2018, 02:10 PM »
The only thing I will add is to remember that British rules and U.S. rules regarding spelling and grammar will differ at times. Spelling can change from U.S. "color" to British "colour". So when submitting, it's probably best to follow the "rules" of that nation or publisher.

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Off Topic Board / Confessions of An Empathy Junkie
« Last post by Gatz on November 20, 2018, 01:56 PM »
A little essay of mine, "Confessions of An Empathy Junkie," has been published on Medium.com.

If you'd like to see it, open Medium.com, then search "Empathy" and "Elasky."

Thanks,
Gatz
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Research / Re: Word count
« Last post by Vijaya on November 20, 2018, 01:44 PM »
The number of pages can give you a good approximation if it's a novel. You can check those on Amazon.
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Research / Word count
« Last post by orchardka on November 20, 2018, 11:30 AM »
Hi all,

Is there a website other than arbookfind.com where I might be able to find word counts of books? Some of the books I'm looking for (newer titles) are not listed on the site.

Thanks!

Kiley
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Illustrating / Best Affordable Scanners
« Last post by HDWestlund on November 19, 2018, 08:15 PM »
I’ve been getting requests for prints and cards made from my watercolor paintings. I also would (eventually) like to consider being able to scan art for illustrations. But I’m pretty naive about what quality of scanner I need. I have a very basic printer/copier/scanner, but 600dpi and 300dpi aren’t coming out very true to color. Should I be investing in a stand alone scanner? And if so, what kind do you recommend?
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Illustrating / Re: Illustration Paper Help
« Last post by Cynthia Kremsner on November 19, 2018, 06:35 PM »
Always a bit late to respond. I use cold press / Langton Prestige . I love it because I can keep layering without the work puddling or muddying up as I use mixed media of watercolor and gouache.  My drawings start out on regular drawing paper, then I clean up in PS and print on my Epson Stylus Pro, which has a setting for watercolor so the ink doesn't bleed when it gets wet. This works really well when my originals have been shaded a lot and I've put some major details into the drawings that I don't want to lose. I can print up to 17 inches wide and any length, so this is a good option for me as I work larger for extra detail, especially when working with the texture of the cold press.  Scans aren't an issue as I use Photoshop in the last part of the process to get the colors back to the original.  One nice thing about working with traditional mediums, is you can sell your original works, as I've sold quite a few of my illustrator postcard originals. There are collectors who are quite enthused to find some of us are still favoring using traditional mediums.
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Non-Fiction (NF) / Re: Millbrook Open Submission
« Last post by carrots on November 18, 2018, 01:56 PM »
 :congratulations ,  Buffy and   :crossedfingers , Julie!!

 :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
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Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Webinar: Finding an Agent
« Last post by Vonna on November 18, 2018, 08:10 AM »
The Eastern NY SCBWI chapter is hosting a webinar on Finding an Agent. Details below:

Finding an Agent: Making a Match with Carrie Pearson

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/30/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you can't make it live, there will be a replay available:

https://easternny.scbwi.org/events/finding-an-agent-making-a-match-with-carrie-pearson/

Finding the right agent has often been compared to finding a spouse–hopefully, they will be your lifelong business partner, a creative collaborator, your negotiations champion, and eventually the go-between for difficult conversations with your publisher.

But just like online dating, finding an agent can be overwhelming.

Where do you start?

Join Carrie Pearson for a live webinar focused on preparing for and finding the right agent fit for you and your work. It’s not enough to find an agent; the important work is to find your agent match.
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