Here I was on JEN’s Blog, just reading through posts, when a spaceship crashed right into it!
Now, JEN has written about plenty of aliens, but I’ve never seen one like that. Clearly, he had landed in the wrong blog.
Many of you know that I've been taking a fabulous course at the Children's Book Academy. It's all about picture books, and I'm still absorbing the awesome lessons.
One thing I've learned this summer is that I think in WORDS. Whether I'm walking down the street or standing in the shower (come on, you know your muse hangs out in the shower), I'm often finding myself crafting characters and stories with words. So when I heard about Mira's newest course, I knew it wasn't for me.
For my illustrator friends (and those who want to be) this is for you! I can safely say that of all Mira's classes, this is one of the closest to her heart. As a former art director and illustrator herself, Mira is well qualified to answer guide you on your art journey to being an accomplished illustrator. Click on the picture to sign up.
(Guest Post by Krystal Owens)
Are you a writer with a passion for history? Looking for advice on how to bring history to life? Join Nancy Herman, author of “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party,” for her presentation “Historical Fiction: Fact versus Truth” at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 12, at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.
Placerville resident Nancy Herman is a third-generation Californian who is fascinated with her state’s colorful history, including the westward migration of the 1800s. She grew up in the coastal town of Watsonville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University. After her 25-year career as a Silicon Valley marketing communications professional, Nancy began researching and writing her first historical novel “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party.” The novel has received top reviews from Kirkus Reviews and San Francisco Book Review and is a popular purchase in bookstores, museums, and visitor centers along the California and Oregon Trails, stretching from Missouri to California.
Ms. Herman is one of a series of guest speakers addressing the library’s writing group, The Writers’ Bloc, which meets the first Saturday of the month. For more information on this free public event, contact the Library at (530) 621-5540 or visit the Upcoming Events calendar on the library’s website www.eldoradolibrary.org.
A year ago, I wrote this post about Illustration notes with some tips on how to check if your notes are necessary. I was cocky then and thought I knew it all.
I WAS WRONG.
You see, I thought illustration notes were for the illustrator.
I thought if the editor's going to delete them before the illustrator sees them, then there's no point in putting them there in the first place.
The truth is that I didn't know what (or whom) illustration notes were for.
Truth: Illustration notes are NOT for the illustrator.
The purpose of illustration notes should never be to tell the illustrator how to tell their part of the story. It is likely that the illustrator will see few, if any, of the notes.
Truth: Illustration notes may be needed in a manuscript.
More than ever, the text and art of picture books interweave to tell a complete story. Many times a writer needs to explain the parts of the story that will be in the art. An illustration note may be the most effective way to do that.
Truth: Illustration notes are for the Editor/Agent reading the manuscript.
Writers who are trying to sell a story need to be clear and efficient. If a vital illustration note is missing, and the story isn't clear, it's likely to get a pass. On the other hand, if the story is buried in unnecessary notes, and isn't efficient, then it will also likely get a pass. A manuscript that clearly and efficiently tells a story that hooks begs to be a picture book, then it will likely get sold.
Remembering these truths has helped me put in the right balance of illustration notes in my manuscripts.
How do you know when you need to add an illustration note?
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)