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writing manuscripts for graphic picture books

Started by jenn-maynard, March 27, 2024, 12:37 PM

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I'm an illustrator/writer working on a graphic picture book. I need to find a format for my manuscript. I've hunted online to find solutions but haven't had any luck. I'm not sure a traditional picture book manuscript will suffice in this situation. I'm leaning towards writing this as if it were a graphic novel or comic book manuscript, but I am unsure what would work best for submission to agents/publishers. I will be sending them my storyboard/dummy with the manuscript when completed. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Debbie Vilardi

Because you are illustrating, you don't need to include art notes, so write it like a labelled script.

Panel 1: half page
Narrator: 2 PM
Character: When does Sal get home?

You can do sound words and the like the same way: airplane: ptttt.

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