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Title: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 04, 2013, 08:13 PM
Hello,

Do we have a member knowledgable in physics, biology and meteorology willing to answer some questions?  I would like my story to be as scientifically accurate as possible.

Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: Franzilla on November 05, 2013, 05:40 AM
That's quite a wide range of expertise there! I've found that experts in their field are usually happy to answer specific questions briefly via email if they know that their answers are intended for a children's book. The more specific your questions are the better as they'll be easier to answer.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 05, 2013, 09:08 PM
Thanks, Franzilla.  Yes, I do have specific questions.  I wish I knew who would be willing to provide answers, or perhaps a member reading this has the credentials I seek.
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: JodyJS on November 06, 2013, 04:44 AM
Bob,

You've probably thought of this, but I'll throw it out just in case. When I'm needing an expert review of material before I send it off to, say, Highlights, I go on a reputable university's web site to the department I'm looking for. I read the bios of the faculty and choose one of the specialty I need. Then I send an email, also on the web site. To a person, they've always been very helpful and very willing to review my stuff. Before I ask them for their help, though, I try to make sure my work is accurate and well-written.

Another possibility is to get on a university's web site where lectures or papers are posted. Those might give you the information you need, too, and a name of an expert.

One more thought: a government web site. For animal questions, I might seek out a state conservation department site.

Good luck!

Jody
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 06, 2013, 10:03 AM
Thank you, Jody,

These are excellent suggestions.  What I am seeking are personal referrals, or, a member or members of SCBWI who also have scientific backgrounds.  That is, science specialists who are already familiar--or involved--with children's book writing.  Maybe there's a friendly Bill Nyes-type amongst our members who could help.

I appreciate your kind response.
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: JulieM on November 06, 2013, 01:45 PM
Hi Bob,
I am a zoologist and children's book writer, and would be happy to consider any animal-related questions you have. I am in the midst of writing a NF book at the moment and don't have lots of time available, but I wouldn't mind being first port-of-call.
julieamurphyAToptusnetDOTcomDOTau.
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: JodyJS on November 06, 2013, 03:48 PM
Zoologists rock, Julie!
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: JulieM on November 06, 2013, 08:24 PM
Oh shucks, Jody. ;  - )  You are too kind.

So do all Blueboarders!!
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 07, 2013, 02:34 PM
I've received a kind offer of help from Betsy by PM, but the bulletin board has bugs in it.  When I try to respond through the provided link, I get an error message, so I'm unable to send a PM from my end.

Betsy, or anyone else who could help, please feel free to reach me through my email button on the left and please leave a return email address.  I can also be contacted through my website, www.wrmilleronline.com.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 07, 2013, 02:38 PM
Julie, thanks very much for your offer to help, and for corresponding.  Yes, zoologists do rock!
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: Betsy on November 07, 2013, 05:17 PM
Hi Bob,

I'll contact you through your website as requested.
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: Vijaya on November 07, 2013, 06:21 PM
Well, since you mention Bill Nye ... no, I'm not him. But I do have a pretty solid background in microbiology, biochemistry and biophysics. You may contact me at myfirstname_lastname at yahoo dot com

I'm not ready to be a science advisor though, with limited time to write as I find myself on deadline again. I am also chief cook, chauffeur, child-minder, homework checker, peacemaker, and housekeeper :)

About PM -- newbies don't have PM privileges. After a disturbing spam incident a while ago, we had to limit that to members who had reached a certain number of qualifying posts. However, depending on your Messaging settings (Profile/Modify Profile/Personal Messaging), you can receive PMs from members who have reached that level. That's why you could receive Betsy's message, but not send her one.

A reminder: You can press the "Report to moderator" link at the bottom right of this message, which will take you to a screen where you can leave a message for the mods/admins and one of us will then pass along your contact info to the person you need to get in touch with. But it's good you posted your website, so that people can contact you that route. You might want to consider putting it in your signature.

Welcome to the boards, Bill.
Vijaya
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 07, 2013, 09:05 PM
Dear Betsy and Vijaya,

Thanks for your responses!
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 08, 2013, 07:59 AM
Hello, friends,

To those who responded, thank you.  Is there someone versed in theoretical physics and meteorology who  could help?
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on November 11, 2013, 11:06 AM
If you don't find appropriate science author types here, you can look for scientists who blog for kids and check the science magazines for kids to find the authors who wrote on your topic. Often contact info is listed or can be found with a Google search. Authors at Ask and National Geographic Kids might be good resources for you.

You can also try science museums and children's museums. They have people whose job is to make the material accessible for children. Some may also be writers. Look for exhibits that relate to your topics.
Title: Re: Is there a science advisor available?
Post by: bob.miller on November 11, 2013, 06:38 PM
Thanks for your suggestions, Debbie.