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I have a couple of stories that I think could work well as rebuses. When I submit, should I highlight the particular words I was thinking would be symbolized within the text, or just leave that to the editor?

Any other rebus submission tips?

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Carrie
#1 - June 17, 2011, 10:27 AM
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Hi Carrie,

I underline the picture words in my ms.

This is an old article written by Marianne Mitchell, but I think it's still one of the best about writing rebus stories that I've ever read--
http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/rx/ws06/nutsbolt.shtml

Also, if you're subbing to Highlights, they seem to really like a "twist" at the end.

Good luck!
#2 - June 17, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Thanks, that article was perfect! Answers all my questions...and more. Thanks for the link.

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#3 - June 17, 2011, 05:11 PM
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You're welcome. I'm glad you found it useful.

One other thing I did was to get my hands on several back issues of Highlights (as that was the mag I was targeting) and actually type out the rebus stories to get a feel for pacing. Then I printed them out, underlined the picture words on my hard copy, and then counted how many words, how often each word was used, etc.
#4 - June 18, 2011, 09:26 AM
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CALIFORNIA HISTORY FOR KIDS, CRP
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