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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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Kidlit Good News / Re: My first YA novel--BOUND--is now out!!! Squeee!!!
« Last post by Vonna on July 09, 2018, 05:08 PM »
Vijaya, I read your book and loved it!  :love5 I am so stinkin' proud for you!  :hurrah
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Favorite Funny PBs
« Last post by Gregory Barrington on July 09, 2018, 05:04 PM »
Here's a few: Battle Bunny, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! , Snappsy the Alligator, Mother Bruce,  7 Ate 9, A Horse named Steve, You Don't Want a Unicorn!
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Illustrating / Illustration for a hot sauce logo?
« Last post by fxscreamer on July 09, 2018, 03:04 PM »
I know it's not directly related to books, but it's a bit coincidental I'm having multiple questions lately of hired illustration. Honestly, this question is closer to logo design than anything.

A friend of mine is making his own hot sauces and wants me to draw a cartoony anthro pig for the design. I don't know his scale of ambitions or budget yet. He's also not sure what he wants, so he's already saying "can you do an example or two to show me". For me, the answer is NO before payment haha. Time is money.

Question is, is there an easy approach to this? Is this simply just a buyout project, work for hire? I was thinking $300-$700 (after researching) for a head or bust shot of an anthro pig (with set number of revisions), but not sure what parameters I should keep track of. I believe he's running his operation from home, self starting. He told me he's initially using it for hot sauces, but eventually branching into bacon and other products.

Thoughts?

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LOL what a video! I remember that meme, and Will Terry does some great work as well. :D
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Kidlit Good News / Re: My first YA novel--BOUND--is now out!!! Squeee!!!
« Last post by faygie-holt on July 09, 2018, 07:57 AM »
 :yay  congratulations!
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