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Research / Re: Safety Deposit key
« Last post by AnneB on May 18, 2019, 07:51 PM »
This doesn't address the duplication issue, but: the key to our safe deposit box is small and flat. It fits in a 2x3 inch cardboard envelope that closes with a snap,  so the description of a key would vary depending on the time period of your novel.

Also, not to throw a spanner into your plot, but even if somebody had the key and it's a novel set in the past 50 years or so, they'd still have to fill out a form to get access to the safe deposit box area of the bank, and if their signature didn't match the signature on file, they wouldn't get access. Unless they were packing heat, of course... or the bank is Gringotts...or [insert other handy plot device].
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Research / Re: Safety Deposit key
« Last post by David Wright on May 18, 2019, 06:45 PM »
I don't work for a bank.

I do know that different states/provinces have slightly different laws, but generally duplicating a bank key is not illegal. It probably violates your agreement with the bank though.

Although regular key cutting services may not keep the style of key, locksmiths can duplicate the key legally if the key itself isn't copyrighted. There are even online services (http://diebolddirect.com/safetydepositboxkeyduplicationservice.aspx won't deal with individuals, only financial institutions, but others don't have the same restrictions.)
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Fun for Kidz Nifty Numbers issue
« Last post by dinalapomy101 on May 18, 2019, 06:29 PM »
Oh sweet!!!!
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That's a great idea! I don't think it would work for this story though. An app would though.
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Have you considered a book with flaps, so the kids could decide to turn the flap or not?

Oooooh!! That's so clever, Marie!!!
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Research / Safety Deposit key
« Last post by hairaplenty on May 18, 2019, 08:57 AM »
I used to have a safety deposit box years ago. The key was large and heavy. I would be surprised if it could be legally duplicated, like at a key making shop. Does anyone here work at a bank or have first-hand knowledge if they can be duplicated? TIA.      :chainsaw
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Maybe the difficulty in "choose your endin" PBs, is that a kid loves a PB because he knows the ending, if that makes sense. He/ she wants to read over and over again the same book, because he knows how it ends. Maybe for an older audience, like kids that just started to read but still do enjoy picture books being read to them, like 6 years old, that could be fun.
Have you considered a book with flaps, so the kids could decide to turn the flap or not?
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Closing for Submissions questions
« Last post by marie-dentan on May 17, 2019, 05:31 AM »
If  your submission is already in their hands, like the others have said, they will read it. Good luck with it!!
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Question about experiments in query letter...
« Last post by marie-dentan on May 17, 2019, 05:30 AM »
Like the others have said. Good idea to state it's been tested, and if it's been tested by kids, it's even better. Good luck!!
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Fun for Kidz Nifty Numbers issue
« Last post by Sue G. on May 16, 2019, 03:48 PM »
Congrats, Vijaya,  Ev,  Laurie, and Shirley Ann!  That's awesome!!  :yay
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