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Ain't it a little cutie?
I've Got Eyes!: Exceptional Eyes of the Animal World will be released through Amicus Ink (USA) in late August 2018.
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Your description wasn't clear before. I think a key for you will be to have each book stand alone but still have the overall arc. I'll keep an eye out on the crit boards for your post. The idea here is so intriguing and curriculum based as well. I want to see how you're carrying it off.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My first YA novel--BOUND--is now out!!! Squeee!!!
« Last post by jodyjl on July 10, 2018, 02:28 PM »
 :congratulations Vijaya!

What a wonderful feeling!

I look forward to reading Bound.

Jody
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My first YA novel--BOUND--is now out!!! Squeee!!!
« Last post by Vijaya on July 10, 2018, 02:07 PM »
Vijaya, I just opened an email from Amazon recommending a book I'd like, and there was Bound! It was the only book they had for me in that email.  :running    It must have been from when I looked at it through your link.

I put it in my cart so I don't forget next time I place an order...I'm obviously meant to get it! :love5

Wow! I know Amazon tracks what you look at--I always know what my kids are looking at, heehee--and I'm very thankful they recommended BOUND to you. Yes, you're meant to have it. Thank you. I hope you love it. V.
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Illustrating / MOVED: Need Help with Search Function
« Last post by Pons on July 10, 2018, 12:55 PM »
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How to Use the Blueboard / MOVED: Need Help with Search Function
« Last post by Pons on July 10, 2018, 12:53 PM »
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My first YA novel--BOUND--is now out!!! Squeee!!!
« Last post by JFriday on July 10, 2018, 11:30 AM »
Vijaya, I just opened an email from Amazon recommending a book I'd like, and there was Bound! It was the only book they had for me in that email.  :running    It must have been from when I looked at it through your link.

I put it in my cart so I don't forget next time I place an order...I'm obviously meant to get it! :love5
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Illustrating / Help with Illustration Contact
« Last post by linda-riccio on July 10, 2018, 10:47 AM »
I am in search of a sample illustrator payment agreement.  Something simple and easy to understand.  Thank you
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In some cases, humans create the perfect habitat for animals. Human garbage is a great food source for raccoons, who are omnivores. I have raccoons in my area and have critter proof lids. There are disease issues that come from exposure to other animals, like dogs and cats. Lack of proper shelter may be an issue when they can't break into a shed and there isn't good tree cover. I'm curious to see how you'll carry this off without it seeming like the humans have done the raccoons a favor in the end. I haven't researched the animals and am merely responding to my personal experience and pondering.

Hey, sorry I let this drop. You're correct about all of the above, and those factors all make into the story to varying degrees. It was definitely tricky to write in a way that educates young readers about all the risks without making it TOO dystopian -- it ends up being a story about resourcefulness, and it is heavily based on research about how their habits change in urban environments vs. rural (such as more social behavior like eating and denning together). The humans certainly don't do the raccoons any favors, but by the time of the third book in the series, they've adapted -- that's the crux of what I'm trying to show.

And a big thanks to Vijaya for recommending the secure critique board -- I will check it out for sure!
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My first YA novel--BOUND--is now out!!! Squeee!!!
« Last post by Vijaya on July 09, 2018, 06:21 PM »
Vijaya, I read your book and loved it!  :love5 I am so stinkin' proud for you!  :hurrah

Be still, my heart! Thank you.
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