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Kidlit Good News / Re: Kirkus review of Kugel for Hanukkah?
« Last post by dewsanddamps on August 18, 2019, 10:34 AM »
 :yay Congratulations, Carrots! :cheerleader
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Kirkus review of Kugel for Hanukkah?
« Last post by AnnH on August 18, 2019, 09:10 AM »
How wonderful! Congratulations!  :running :running :running
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Kidlit Good News / Kirkus review of Kugel for Hanukkah?
« Last post by carrots on August 18, 2019, 07:44 AM »
Oh, my goodness!!

I am beyond thrilled to be able to share a Kirkus review for my forthcoming picture book, Kugel for Hanukkah?!!!

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/gretchen-m-everin/kugel-for-hanukkah/

If there's any goodness in Kugel for Hanukkah?, it is because of the collaboration with editor Joni Sussman and illustrator Rebecca Ashdown, as well as the support and encouragement I've received on these boards. It's a long slog from idea to book....and there's no team I'd rather trudge with than Blueboarders!!!  :grouphug2
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Picture Books (PB) / Josh Funk's Guide to Writing Picture Books
« Last post by David Wright on August 18, 2019, 06:28 AM »
Saw a recent tweet from Josh Funk (who presented at this year's WriteOnCon) that linked his resource page.

https://www.joshfunkbooks.com/resources-for-writers is a basic intro to writing PBs.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fave PBs about “bad” or “wild” kids?
« Last post by JodyJS on August 18, 2019, 05:30 AM »
Mean Jean, the Recess Queen
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fave PBs about “bad” or “wild” kids?
« Last post by DianaM on August 17, 2019, 08:40 PM »
Oh! Just thought of another favorite. "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More"
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fave PBs about “bad” or “wild” kids?
« Last post by DianaM on August 17, 2019, 07:49 PM »
I was going to say all the books sunnyleo said! I will also add "Loud Lula" and "The Mine-O-Saur".
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Market analysis
« Last post by DianaM on August 17, 2019, 07:35 PM »
I think Dews is spot on. Just comp titles and what makes your book stand out should be good. If a book is super duper successful, chances are, they've heard of it. If it has loads of reviews on Amazon, it's probably well-known/successful. If it's by a big author or illustrator, chances are also good that they've heard of it. You can also look at the editorial reviews listed on Amazon. If there are a lot of glowing reviews or stars from major reviewers (Kirkus, PW, SLJ, etc.) then it can be considered successful.

(Also, just want to note, I've never actually been asked for a market analysis.)
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Just want to bump this up as fall is around the corner. And we've confirmed another two guest speakers: Author/Illustrator Courtney Pippin-Mathur, and Little Brown editor Nikki Garcia (who edited my rhyming picture book "Summer Color").

In case anyone would like to sign up: https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/programs/1409/getting-to-know-your-rhyming-picture-book-online-course-sept-23-oct-21-plus-onsite-retreat-nov-7-10-2019/

Any questions, let me know!  :writing3

Hope everyone is having a great summer!   :sun
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Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Webinar with Agent Sean McCarthy
« Last post by Vonna on August 15, 2019, 04:38 PM »
Date - 08/27/2019

The North Texas SCBWI chapter is hosting a webinar with literary agent Sean McCarthy.For SCBWI members it is $15.

Details and registration: https://northtexas.scbwi.org/events/webinar-with-agent-sean-mccarthy/
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