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Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by jane-dimond on July 01, 2020, 03:51 PM »
Leonie, I just sent you a private message with a first page from a rhyming book called "Surfer Chick." I wasn't sure if I could post it here since I used three stanzas straight from the book, but you'll see where one line has one less syllable but it works because the stresses are the same in the repeating pattern. Let me know if you didn't get the message!

Hi dkshumaker, I just came across this and wondered if you could possibly send this example to me too? Thanks so much, Jane

Hi dkshumaker, thanks so much for the message, very kind of you. I tried to send a direct reply but it would not allow me to, only to post on here.  Thanks again :-)
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PAL Book Promotion / Re: CASCADE Award Winner!
« Last post by deb-gruelle on July 01, 2020, 03:51 PM »
Thank you for all the well-wishes. I hope the same for your dream books too!
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Madeline, you'd format your manuscript like any other story--double spaced. If you're not the illustrator, only have the most necessary art notes (ex. if the text is the opposite of art, or if a particular detail is important for the plot). If you have narrative interspersed with short diary entries, you could italicize the latter. Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by alanna-propst on June 28, 2020, 05:49 PM »
Thank you!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on June 28, 2020, 05:44 PM »
Hello writers!
Forgive me if this has been discussed already or elsewhere, but are there particular publishing companies or literary agents that are known to have a penchant for unsolicited rhyming picture books? I have completed my second rhyming picture book (first one has been accepted for publication and will be out in March 2021 but the publisher only deals with certain subject matter and this second manuscript does not fit the bill) and am having trouble finding where/who to send it to.  Any leads would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

It's probably easier to find people who don't want rhymers. Some do specify that, but the truth is they might even take a perfect rhymed manuscript. (In this case perfect equals true rhymes and spot-on meter, correct for the age group, marketable theme/topic, characters to believe in and follow, a strong hook, no extra words or convoluted language, and a great story.) You might try looking at recent rhymed books and see if you can find out who repped the authors or was their editor. Really, you can try anyone who does not say no to rhyme. Good luck.
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Perhaps look at how completed diary-style books are formatted and copy. I'd think you could use a date and/or Dear Diary as a chapter titles and just format as a regular manuscript thereafter. If the illustration notes add something that isn't clear from the text, you'd include them in parenthesis at the end of a relevant section. Make sure everything in a note matters to the story. (For example, if you mention the color of a dress, that color should mean something and not be clear from context anywhere in the book---the illustrator will read the entire text before putting in spot illustrations and working on the cover, etc. )
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by BonnieJoy on June 28, 2020, 02:55 PM »
Happy Belated Birthday!!
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by 217mom on June 28, 2020, 02:25 PM »
Late to this party, but sending good wishes    :hurrah :hurrah :hurrah  :phat :bp :phat :hurrah :hurrah :hurrah
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Hey, all! I am writing a diary-style (most likely early chapter book) series but can't find much about formatting it for a manuscript submittal. (I am not illustrating it, but I would like to include some illustration notes.)  Any advice on where I might find some direction?  Series is similar in style to Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot. Thanks!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: A Rhyme Primer
« Last post by alanna-propst on June 27, 2020, 07:32 PM »
Hello writers!
Forgive me if this has been discussed already or elsewhere, but are there particular publishing companies or literary agents that are known to have a penchant for unsolicited rhyming picture books? I have completed my second rhyming picture book (first one has been accepted for publication and will be out in March 2021 but the publisher only deals with certain subject matter and this second manuscript does not fit the bill) and am having trouble finding where/who to send it to.  Any leads would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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