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Writing Tip

Posted on: February 25, 2010

 Using dummies, are they for everyone? The obvious answer is no …but their value should be based on the need of the writer. They can be helpful in certain cases.

When I first started writing, I never used one. I thought they were just for illustrators and I was not one…so why waste my time. I know…how naïve can someone be. Then, there came a time when I couldn’t figure out if my picture book manuscript was too sparse to be a 32 page picture book. Was my text strong enough to support 13-14 illustrations?

So, I decided to take the chance on using a dummy. That way I could actually see how the text could be seen in my picture book…realizing of course that in truth that is the editor’s call. I took 8 sheets of 8 ½ by 11 paper and fold it in half. I took the Institute of Children’s Literature course so I had the picture book dummy form that they suggested. I laid out the text and left spots for the illustrations.

The end result was that my manuscript’s text had enough scenes changes to support the number of suggested illustrations. That fact made me feel a lot better about my chance at getting it published.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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