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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Challenging vocabulary in picture books?
« Last post by AmyD on March 06, 2019, 09:42 AM »
I'm with Jean. I think you choose the right word for the story, even if that word is challenging (and even better if it's surprising!) In one of my picture books, Maurice the Unbeastly, I use words that might be considered too difficult for children...gargantuan, abominable, and infiltrate, for example. But these word choices add to the voice and overall feel of the book, and it is one of the things readers and reviewers comment on most often. They like the vibrant vocabulary. So I definitely think it can work, depending on the story.
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Contests and Challenges / Re: PBParty is on March 19!
« Last post by Schriscoe on March 05, 2019, 11:56 PM »
Whooo hooo!!! 14 agents and 5 editors!!!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone submits and SO grateful that Mindy has joined us this year because she rocks!

And yes! If you are an illustrator looking for an agent, PLEASE submit to PBPARTY this year. The surprise is AWESOME!



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Off Topic Board / Re: Highly regarded adult fiction authors?
« Last post by dewsanddamps on March 05, 2019, 06:37 PM »
Sorry, Gatz--no insights here. Hope you're enjoying them, though!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: PBParty is on March 19!
« Last post by Mindy Alyse Weiss on March 05, 2019, 04:23 PM »
Thanks, Debbie! I've always had fun participating in this awesome contest and can't wait to cheer everyone on as a co-host.

And wow--we had 11 agents when I posted about PBParty and now we're up to 14 agents and 5 editors!

Submission day is two weeks from today!
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We have an upcoming online workshop coming up on Friday, March 22 at 12pm EST

The Heart Wants What It Wants: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters with editor Tiffany Liao

https://easternny.scbwi.org/events/online-workshop-how-to-make-readers-fall-in-love-with-your-characters-with-editor-tiffany-liao/ 

"With every book I edit, I always start with one big question: What does the character want? Your character motivation is the heart of the story and will inform every element in your book including voice, plot, pacing, and world-building. I'll show you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page." -Tiffany Liao

We'll be doing in-class exercises, but attendees are encouraged to bring the first page of their works-in-progress. 

Tiffany Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. She is a great presenter. We had her at our Falling Leaves retreat last year and she was a crowd favorite!

https://easternny.scbwi.org/events/online-workshop-how-to-make-readers-fall-in-love-with-your-characters-with-editor-tiffany-liao/ 

$15 for members
$39 for non-members

If you have any questions, please let me know:
Kerry McQuaide
Assistant Regional Advisor, Eastern New York
easternny-ara@scbwi.org

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Contests and Challenges / Re: PBParty is on March 19!
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on March 04, 2019, 06:43 PM »
Totally looking forward to this. It was so much fun last year.
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Illustrating / Re: Looking for Help
« Last post by karen-b-jones on March 04, 2019, 05:52 PM »
The size you work in largely depends on what you're comfortable working in.  A small piece can be scanned at very higher resolution than required for printing if you know you'll need to enlarge it.  What matters most, actually, is the aspect ratio.  You can always reduce it and there are some tricks to enlarging it, but if the aspect ratio is wrong, it's not going to fit right. 

As for the bleed, if you're self-publishing, they will have specs or a template available to explain the sizes and bleeds.  If you're working for a publisher, they will tell you the dimensions they want.  (If they don't say, ask them.)  The exact size just depends on the dimensions of the book you're working with. 

Like Marla said, if your artwork is larger than your scanner, you can scan it in pieces and stitch it together in Photoshop.  If you photograph it, it can be VERY tricky to get the light right and get the camera squared up perfectly to the canvas.  I remember there was something called a copy stand that we used in high school to photograph artwork correctly for duplication.  But I don't know where you get one or if anyone actually uses them anymore. 

Good luck!
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Illustrating / Re: Illustration Post Cards
« Last post by heatherayris on March 04, 2019, 03:12 PM »
Dana Carey does a monthly Post Card Post interview with illustrators that you might find helpful. She asks which printers each artist prefers amongst other helpful things! https://subitclub.com/category/the-postcard-post/
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Off Topic Board / Highly regarded adult fiction authors?
« Last post by Gatz on March 04, 2019, 09:58 AM »
Hi, everyone,

Some highly regarded current authors I’m considering reading are Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Lethem, Camille Bordas, and George Saunders. Do you have any comments about any of them?

I know that I really like Camille Bordas' short stories (she's just pub'd her first novel in English; previously in French), but that's the extent of my familiarity with any of them.

Thanks.
Gatz
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Illustrating / Re: Illustration Post Cards
« Last post by K. Tag on March 04, 2019, 09:29 AM »
Vistaprint and Moo are both great! Just see which has a deal.
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