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Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on June 28, 2020, 05:44 PM »
Hello writers!
Forgive me if this has been discussed already or elsewhere, but are there particular publishing companies or literary agents that are known to have a penchant for unsolicited rhyming picture books? I have completed my second rhyming picture book (first one has been accepted for publication and will be out in March 2021 but the publisher only deals with certain subject matter and this second manuscript does not fit the bill) and am having trouble finding where/who to send it to.  Any leads would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

It's probably easier to find people who don't want rhymers. Some do specify that, but the truth is they might even take a perfect rhymed manuscript. (In this case perfect equals true rhymes and spot-on meter, correct for the age group, marketable theme/topic, characters to believe in and follow, a strong hook, no extra words or convoluted language, and a great story.) You might try looking at recent rhymed books and see if you can find out who repped the authors or was their editor. Really, you can try anyone who does not say no to rhyme. Good luck.
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Perhaps look at how completed diary-style books are formatted and copy. I'd think you could use a date and/or Dear Diary as a chapter titles and just format as a regular manuscript thereafter. If the illustration notes add something that isn't clear from the text, you'd include them in parenthesis at the end of a relevant section. Make sure everything in a note matters to the story. (For example, if you mention the color of a dress, that color should mean something and not be clear from context anywhere in the book---the illustrator will read the entire text before putting in spot illustrations and working on the cover, etc. )
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by BonnieJoy on June 28, 2020, 02:55 PM »
Happy Belated Birthday!!
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by 217mom on June 28, 2020, 02:25 PM »
Late to this party, but sending good wishes    :hurrah :hurrah :hurrah  :phat :bp :phat :hurrah :hurrah :hurrah
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Hey, all! I am writing a diary-style (most likely early chapter book) series but can't find much about formatting it for a manuscript submittal. (I am not illustrating it, but I would like to include some illustration notes.)  Any advice on where I might find some direction?  Series is similar in style to Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot. Thanks!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by alanna-propst on June 27, 2020, 07:32 PM »
Hello writers!
Forgive me if this has been discussed already or elsewhere, but are there particular publishing companies or literary agents that are known to have a penchant for unsolicited rhyming picture books? I have completed my second rhyming picture book (first one has been accepted for publication and will be out in March 2021 but the publisher only deals with certain subject matter and this second manuscript does not fit the bill) and am having trouble finding where/who to send it to.  Any leads would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Member-Offered Education and Services / Getting in to Children's Nonfiction
« Last post by Lionel on June 26, 2020, 08:34 AM »
Children’s Nonfiction Publishing is Booming! Writers, here’s how you can get part of the action. My new webinar for WriteforKids is packed with guidelines, hints, and tips for breaking into this market and succeeding. It is based on my successful 40-year career as an editor, author, and book packager of exclusively children’s illustrated nonfiction titles. My career has relied on continuously monitoring the market, connecting with editors, learning new skills, pitching to publishers, and making the most of opportunities I have created. The webinar and its handouts give instructions and leads to help you do all this. Whether you’re new to children’s nonfiction or already active in this niche, this package will help you find work in this exciting, creative, and rewarding market.
Here’s the link https://writingblueprints.com/p/the-childrens-nonfiction-market-how-to-break-in-how-to-succeed
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by jerry-harwood on June 25, 2020, 05:36 PM »
Will do.

Scribo ut me intellegensissimum cogites. Lol
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by Vijaya on June 25, 2020, 03:47 PM »
You're welcome and I think this is the first time I've seen a pax vobiscum on this board! Very cool that you interview authors--it'd be good if you post in the "What did you blog about today" board when you have a new post: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=274.0

Pax et bonum!
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by Barbara Etlin on June 25, 2020, 02:32 PM »
 :bp   Happy birthday!
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