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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Lisa Cron's "Story Genius"
« Last post by mrh on October 10, 2019, 03:06 PM »
My opinion of STORY GENIUS is generally good, especially the section about your character's misbelief. I think the weakness is that it purports to get into "brain science" when it really doesn't. That part is basically boiled down to "our brains are wired to respond to certain structural elements and that's why structure is important."

MG novels can be character-driven; e.g., many contemporary stories lean literary and don't have a lot of action but may still have a lot going on emotionally. Even if your book is primarily plot-driven, it still needs a defined character arc for MG. STORY GENIUS is useful and worth reading, although I favor both SAVE THE CAT WRITES A NOVEL and THE ANATOMY OF STORY over it.
Another person to check out is Allison Weiss, former editorial director at Skypony who is now offering freelance services. I worked with her on my second novel (before the entire children's staff was fired) and she is amazing!
Middle Grade (MG) / Antagonist
« Last post by charles-richardson1 on October 10, 2019, 11:39 AM »
The antagonist for my book is an adult.  Should I go in to depth of why the antagonist does what he/she does?  Or because the antagonist is an adult, I shouldn't focus on them?  For example, is it okay to write part of the book from their perspective?

Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Middle Grade (MG) / Lisa Cron's "Story Genius"
« Last post by charles-richardson1 on October 10, 2019, 11:35 AM »
Has anyone used Lisa Cron's "Story Genius" to write a middle grade novel?  I've read middle grade novels are more plot driven than character driven but I want to provide some level of depth for the protagonist.

Any advice, tips or watchouts would be appreciated.

PAL Book Promotion / Re: Monster Problems- new middle grade fantasy adventure novel
« Last post by Ev on October 10, 2019, 10:51 AM »
:congratulations on your book, Jason! Sending you best wishes on your release and book promotion and all that goes with it!
I am proud to announce a dream come true: my first novel, Monster Problems gets published on December 26 from Black Rose Writing. Monster Problems is about a sixth grader who gets into big trouble with a magic pen that brings to life everything he draws!
You can PREORDER the book (think holiday gifts) directly from the publisher at
Use promo code PREORDER2019 and receive a 15% discount!
Have kids? Are you a kid at heart? What if YOU had a magic pen? Visit my website at and click on ‘Picture of the Day’ to find out how you can draw a picture and get featured on my social media.
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I’ve worked on becoming a published author for many years and I am very excited to have achieved this goal!
Thank you for the recommendation! Marcia sounds like a great editor. :)
Illustrating / RGB vs CMYK
« Last post by austin-diamond on October 09, 2019, 10:03 AM »
Wasn't sure whether to post this over at the Picture Book forum or here...

When submitting a book (to an agent or publisher), should one submit in RGB or CMYK? I ask because I would like online content to be available (possibly an e-book), in which I would love to use bright, neon greens, yellows, pinks and blues, etc. However, I did a test print of my book and saw that under typical CMYK printing a printed book using these colors is definitely not possible.

If I submit along with my dummy the 2-3 final illustrations in RGB, using these bright colors, will it make it look like I don't know my craft? (i.e. make it look like I have no knowledge that neons do not reproduce accurately in printing). On the other hand, I love these colors, and would love the agent/publisher to share my vision on what they could be (at least on a digital platform).

What is the correct protocol here?
Promotional News / Re: BOUND is 99cents for the whole month of OCT
« Last post by Vijaya on October 09, 2019, 06:40 AM »
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