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We love when people with various backgrounds and experiences share their ideas with the rest of the community.  However, please refrain from 'selling' or promoting your own services at these moments.  Here's an example:

Good input:  Yes, I also had a similar experience and learned [insert your experience here].

Not-so-good input:  Yes, I agree and think you should look at this [service/book/seminar/etc that you started/created/taught]. 

The latter will often be removed from posts, with only the former type of information left alone.  There is a place and time for promotion (usually in promotion threads earmarked for such things) -- otherwise, we're all here together, simply sharing our experiences and our dreams. 

Caveat:  if someone is looking for recommendations that fit the service/book/seminar/etc that you're involved with, definitely share!


And keep in mind that too much self-promotion can sometimes have the opposite effect of what is intended and irritate people enough so that they AVOID your book or service rather than being interested enough to check it out. That's definitely a result no one wants to see! Instead, make sure you're utilizing your signature space to the best effect--the more helpful posts you make, the more people will see your book or service advertised in a POSITIVE way.Thank you!
#1 - April 06, 2014, 02:05 PM
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Well said, Robin!  :)
#2 - April 06, 2014, 04:17 PM
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Hi Robin,

Can I post artwork up that is 'in production' for feedback? They will be unfinished pieces for general (or specific critique).

thx
Caleb
#3 - April 06, 2014, 06:59 PM

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Hi Caleb,

There is a section for Sample Work. That's where you would post for critique. You can also ask for critique partners in the appropriate section. Read the section headers and stickies for rules. Good luck with the illustrations.

-Debbie
#4 - April 07, 2014, 06:48 AM

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Thank you, Debbie -- yes, what she said :grin3
#5 - April 07, 2014, 08:38 AM
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ty ty :) Thanks ...
#6 - April 07, 2014, 04:32 PM

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Caleb, are you an SCBWI member? If so, you aren't logged in correctly because I noticed you can't see any of the SCBWI boards. That is a more private area of this message board that isn't available for everyone to see and that's where we suggest people post illustrations and/or manuscripts for critique because it IS in a private area of the board.


Otherwise, I'd suggest instead that you post a notice on the Illustration area of the board asking for email critique partners - people you can share your illustrations with via emails. That way, your illustrations won't be considered "published" because they won't have been posted on the open board for everyone to see.
#7 - April 08, 2014, 07:51 AM
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