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The Writing Desk / Re: Ursula K. Le Guin and how ...
Last post by Sandra Gail - Yesterday at 12:06 PM
Great article. Thanks for sharing.
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The Writing Desk / Re: Ursula K. Le Guin and how ...
Last post by JFriday - Yesterday at 07:18 AM
Thanks, David. That was good.
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The Writing Desk / Re: Stories Told from an Objec...
Last post by David Wright - June 13, 2024, 06:19 PM
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You might want to check out #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List) to see what the agents on your list are currently trying to find. Also, spending time on the various agents' bios and then Googling to read any interviews, etc., can help you better understand each individual agent's interests and personality, to see if you'd be a good match and to personalize your query letter (along the lines of "I enjoyed your interview on ABC Blog and was happy to learn that you are interested in child literacy," or however you would describe your work's specific connection to that agent).

It would be helpful to get feedback on your query before sending it (and of course your manuscripts too, if you haven't done so already, since it's difficult for us to critique our own work when we are so close to it). Query letters are their own art form, and it's important to understand how to structure and polish them before sending, as it is your letter of introduction for both yourself and your work. Many writers post query letters on this Board for feedback, others work with critique partners or freelance editors for support.

Very best wishes!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Seeking Christianish pb re...
Last post by Vijaya - June 13, 2024, 12:48 PM
Quote from: Kabooms on May 29, 2024, 01:52 PMRecommendations of creators/publishers doing loosely Christian or spiritual books in a deep, artful way?
A big part of what draws me to making picture books is that I know a lot of exvangelical/spiritual not religious parents who aren't raising their kids in a traditional 'Sunday School' but still want their kids to engage with Christian(ish) seasons/holy days/rituals/prayers/stories that are common reference points in American culture.
 

This made me think of Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor :)

Here's a list of New Age publishers: https://writingtipsoasis.com/top-new-age-book-publishers/ which tend to be open to having Christian themes that are popular in the culture but without mentioning Jesus.
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The Writing Desk / Re: Stories Told from an Objec...
Last post by Vijaya - June 13, 2024, 12:39 PM
Having the object tell the story of a woman it's not met would be challenging. I'm trying to think of such stories but drawing a blank. Take a look at The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate diCamillo (one of my favorite books) and although it is the story of the china rabbit, it is also the story of the people and places he's been with. Not what you're looking for, I know, but perhaps it might inspire or jog something.

Btw, adults who are child-like or are viewed through child-like eyes are perfectly fine as main characters in children's books. For instance, the Mercy Watson books by Kate diCamillo feature an older couple who take care of this "porcine wonder." My kids and I have adopted many of the Mercy-isms :)

Good luck! 
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The Writing Desk / Re: Stories Told from an Objec...
Last post by HuiLi - June 13, 2024, 09:36 AM
That's actually what I am struggling with right now. The story is about a woman who works hard to obtain a certain object, and she is the main character. I initially told the story from a god's-eye perspective, but my agent suggested using the object as the narrator, as the god's-eye view for a story of a grown-up may not be particularly appealing to kids.

So, I am looking for examples of how to use an object as a narrator without losing details that the object did not witness...

Thank you!

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The Writing Desk / Re: Stories Told from an Objec...
Last post by David Wright - June 13, 2024, 08:49 AM
Is your object the main character (i.e. it is affected by events and affects them) or just the narrator?
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The Writing Desk / Stories Told from an Object's ...
Last post by HuiLi - June 13, 2024, 08:17 AM
Hi, everyone!

Can someone suggest a picture book or story that is told from the perspective of an object? An object that has witnessed a story of human beings. Not stories of an object told by the object itself.  For example, The Days the Crayons Quit would not count.

Thank you!
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Wow! Thank you for being so diligent!  :thankyou
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