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One Point Perspective – Art


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“One Point Perspective – Art” by Joan Y. Edwards

When I was in college at Western Carolina University, I took a few art courses. In one of them the instructor taught us one point perspective. We went outside and painted different buildings from across the street in one point perspective. My sister, Janet, says she still has those drawings. It’s amazing that watching You-Tube videos can refresh your memory and also give you new techniques to help you improve your drawing of things in perspective. I listed resources I personally liked that teach you one point perspective.

Definition: What is perspective?

Helen South states that “Perspective drawing gives a three-dimensional feeling to a picture. In art, it is a system of representing the way that objects appear to get smaller and closer together the further away they are in the scene.”

Things seem to get farther and farther away until they vanish at a point. Many times that point is near the middle of the page, but doesn’t have to. If you’re looking down the street, objects closer to you look larger than the objects farther away from you.

Here are a few other images that show you one point perspective:

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Pixabay Image – Creative Commons

Notice how everything seems to lead to one particular point in the images near the back of the picture. Everything close to you looks bigger and items farther away get smaller.  With the trees you can see more of he front tree than you can of the others. You can see more of the buildings that are closer to you, than the ones that are farther away.

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Here are hints for drawing in one point perspective:

  • Make all diagonal (slanted) lines so that they come from the single dot vanishing point. The Vanishing Point marks where you stop seeing separate diagonal lines going away from you. It looks like they come together there. It makes things look smaller as they get farther away from your eyes. It makes things look larger as they get closer to your eyes. In other words, these diagonal lines that look like an upside down V help you see things on the page in perspective.
  • All straight lines across will be parallel with the horizon line.
  • All straight up and down (vertical) lines will be parallel with the right and left side edges of the paper.

Activities

Materials You’ll Need:  8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and a white eraser. 

If you are drawing a room in one point perspective, here is one way to begin:

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  1. Draw a line from the top left hand corner to the lower right hand corner of your paper.
  2. Draw a line from the top right hand corner to the lower left hand corner of your paper.
  3. Draw a straight line across the middle of the page. This will be your horizon line.
  4. Mark a dark dot in the middle of the horizon line. You can use a red colored pencil to help it stand out. This dot is called your vanishing point. 
  5. If you want, you can draw a rectangle to represent the wall at the far end of the room or hall.
  6. Now draw the hallway or room in detail with pictures on walls, desks, chairs, and doorways or windows.  Good luck😊!

If you are drawing a street scene, road, or railroad track scene, you might want to start with these directions:

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  1. Draw a straight line across the page close to the middle of the paper. This will be your horizon line.
  2. Draw a dot near the middle of the page. This will be your vanishing point.
  3. Decide how far apart you want your up-side-down V-shaped diagonal lines. Draw two diagonal lines that go from the vanishing point to the bottom of the page so that they are wider at the bottom.
  4. Draw the other items. Any slanted line will go through the vanishing point. The straight lines will be horizontal or vertical.

Exercises

  1. Print out one of the three pictures above or another one point perspective image from your own personal photo collection. Trace it or draw it using pencil and ruler. Be sure to note your horizon line and vanishing point, as well as the slanted, diagonal lines that all lead to the vanishing point.
  2. Sit in your front yard and sketch what you see in one point perspective.
  3. Sketch a hall scene from your house. Take a picture of it and draw it or sit at one end of the hall and draw it.
  4. Sketch a garden scene in one point perspective.

 

Resources

Graph Paper – Grid Paper

  1. Graph Paper Perspective. You can choose the size paper and how many inches you want the lines to be apart, etc. https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/perspective/
  2. Printable Paper.net. Free to print. One Point Perspective guide lines on paper
    Perspectivehttps://www.printablepaper.net/category/perspective

Written Step-by-Step with Images and Text

  1. http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing
  2. C. Ibarra. “How to Create a Hallway With One Point Perspective:” https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-hallway-with-one-point-perspective/
  3. Drawing Coach.com. “1 Point Perspective Drawing – Lesson 2 How to Draw a Circle:” http://www.drawingcoach.com/1-point-perspective.html
  4. Helen South.  “How to Draw One Point Perspective:” https://www.thoughtco.com/one-point-perspective-drawing-tutorial-1123412

Videos on You-Tube

  1. Fletcher Ceramics. “Easy 1 Point Perspective.” (brick building on a street)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFmek_sesfo
  2. Matt – Virtual Instructor. “One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJYBMr5MKoo
  3. Melinda Nguyen “One Point Perspective – Streetscape:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phiEaRGBv-4
  4. Milton Kaynes You-tube Channel. “How To Draw A Room with One Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30tzJG6EOTo
  5. Otis Art Docents. “Lesson 5B – One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twcFW0RyOO8
  6. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw 1-Point Perspective for Beginners: A Hallway:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ICyLN6I2cY
  7. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a House in One-Point Perspective.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i776k0zEzEc
  8. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a Room in One-Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEymIyLbiAI
  9. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw Using One Point Perspective: (Railroad Track)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrKohWdpeQ

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What Are Picture Books?


“What Are Picture Books?” by Joan Y. EdwardsPicture books are stories that are illustrated on every page of the book. They are usually 32 pages, but can be 24, 48, 64 pages. The illustrations help to tell the story. Without some of the pictures, the reader might not understand the story. In other words, the text depends on the illustrations to help tell the story. An author can both write the story and do the illustrations, or the story can be written by one person and illustrated by a different person.

Karen Cioffi shared that Claire Saxby quoted a publisher’s definition of a picture book as “40% words, 40% illustration, and 20% X-factor.”

Picture books come in many different sizes…really big, really small and anywhere in the middle. They have them 4×4 inches. And they have big books that might be 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide. You can get a book to fit in your pocket. You can get a book to hang on your wall. Books are fun to hang around with…from early ages to infinity and beyond. Publishers make their choice on the size appropriate for the story.

Nowadays, most publishers want shorter text for picture books. Text can vary from less than 500 words to at the most 1000 words.

They have baby books that are made of non-toxic fibers that babies can chew on and not hurt themselves. These are similar to concept books, but shorter.

Board Books can be for ages 1-3. Board Books are concept books, very few words- 300 or less with concepts. For instance, a picture of a truck with the word truck or a letter of the alphabet with a word that begins with that letter. They are made of thick board usually laminated so that the books withstand the rough treatment and constant use by small children. Eric Carle’s Book of Shapes is a good example of a board book.

Regular – traditional picture books of 32 pages are for ages 4-8. They are from 500-1000 words. Some are written in rhyme.

Wendy Martin in her article, “Illustration for Picture Books,” says the artist’s tools for planning a picture book are: 1. a character sheet, 2. a storyboard, and 3. a book dummy.”

A character sheet has pictures of each character drawn in different positions: front, side, back; happy and sad; angry and envious, puzzled and an “aha” moment or other traits.

A storyboard is one sheet of paper divided into the sections to represent the pages for the picture book. Artists or authors fill it with thumbnail sketches of illustrations and where the text will go.

On Elizabeth Dulemba’s website is a “Blank Storyboard for You to Use:” http://dulemba.com/FreeTools/Storyboard.jpg.

A book dummy has real pages with text and illustrations pasted into place so that the editors can get an idea of what the book will look like. It makes it possible for changes to be suggested and everything put in its right place before printing.

Authors may also make these to help build their idea of how the story will look on paper.

The author of the story makes sure that there is a problem in the story. Just like with any story, the following will be true.

A. Introduce problem/want/desire. Protagonist wants something.

B. Present obstacles and escalate. Something stands in the way of the protagonist, so that he has to struggle to get what he/she/it wants. The Protagonist overcomes obstacles (often in threes). The Protagonist creates his own solution.

C. Climax. Protagonist gets goal, chooses another goal over the original one, or comes to accept he/she will not get goal.

D. Resolution. Protagonist either achieves or doesn’t achieve goal, but is changed by experience.

Here are examples of three delightful picture books. There are hundreds of great picture books.

The first is my own book, Flip Flap Floodle.

  1. Joan Y. Edwards, author and illustrator. Flip Flap Floodle, the happy little duck who Never Gives Up.

Flip Flap Floodle

Becky Shillington, in her review on Amazon, gives a great pitch for my book. She says,”FLIP, FLAP, FLOODLE is a delightful story about a happy little duck who loves to play his flute. With a spring in his step and a song in his heart, Flip sets out one day to play a tune for Grandma, but runs into hungry Mr. Fox along the way. Sure that his song will save him, Flip (with a little help from his feisty mother) proves that determination and perseverance can “out fox” the wiliest foe.”
Thank you, Becky.

Flip Flap Floodle keeps playing his song even inside the fox’s belly. Hear Flip’s song. Flip’s mother hears him playing his song in the fox’s belly. His song saves him, but he has to have a little help from his mother and pepper.

I know the authorities prefer that the protagonist do it all by himself. However, I want children to remember that it’s all right to get help once in a while. I also want them to learn the power of never giving up on their talents and dreams.

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flip-flap-floodle-joan-edwards/1007194393

  1. Ginger Nielson, author and illustrator. “Gunther, the Underwater Elephant:”
Gunther the elephant swimming on his back using his trunk as a snorkel to breathe in the ocean.

Gunther, the Underwater Elephant

“Gunther, the little elephant, by accident gets separated from his family and floats out to sea. He learns to use his trunk as a snorkel. When he returns home, a tropical bird tells him of a tragedy involving his mother. Gunther uses items from his underwater journey to save the day.

4RV Publishing:
http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/children-page-5.php

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Gunther-Underwater-Elephant-Ginger-Neilson/dp/0983274029/

  1. Holly Jahangiri. Trockle. Illustrations by Jordan M. Vinyard
Boy lying on top of bed; monster underneath his bed - both looking frightened.

Trockle (A monster under Steven’s bed)

“Stephen doesn’t like to go to bed because he knows a monster is underneath. Even when told that Monster Repellent was sprayed under the bed, he knows it didn’t work. Under the bed, Trockle, the monster, doesn’t want to go to sleep because he’s afraid of the huge monster above.”

4RV Publishing:
http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/children-page-3.php

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trockle-holly-jahangiri/1009194112?ean=9780979751325&itm=1&usri=trockle

Here are three more of my picture book favorites:

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.

5. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith.

6. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond.

 

Resources

  1. About.com. Children’s Books. “Picture Books:” http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/picturebooks/Picture_Books.htm
  2. Aaron Zens. “Character Design:” http://aaronzenz.com/characterdesign.html
  3. American Library Association. “The Caldecott Medal Home Page-Winners from 1938 to Present:” http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal
  4. Claire Zaxby. “The Difference Between School Readers and Picture Books by Claire Saxby:” http://robynopie.blogspot.com/2009/08/claire-saxbys-sheep-goat-and-creaking.html
  5. Elizabeth Dulemba. “Storyboard for Paco” http://dulemba.com/FreeTools/Paco-Thumbnails.jpg and
  6. Elizabeth Dulemba. “Blank Storyboard for You to Use:” http://dulemba.com/FreeTools/Storyboard.jpg
  7. Enoch Pratt Free Library. “Guide to Picture Books:”   http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/children/index.aspx?id=4116
    Eric Carle’s Book of Shapes: http://www.amazon.com/My-Very-First-Book-Shapes/dp/0399243879
  8. Ginger Nielson. Gunther, the Underwater Elephant: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/children-page-5.php
  9. Harold Underdown. “Chapter 8: Book Formats and Age Levels:” http://www.underdown.org/cig_3e_ch08a.htm
  10. Holly Jahangiri. Trockle. Illustrations by Jordan M. Vinyard
    http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/children-page-3.phphttp://www.amazon.com/Trockle-Holly-Jahangiri/dp/0979751322
  11. Joan Y. Edwards. Flip Flap Floodle, the happy little duck who Never Gives Up.
    AmazonBarnes & Noble
    12.Keith Schoch. “Teach with Picture Books:” http://teachwithpicturebooks.blogspot.com/
  12. Leslie Reece. Department of Education, Western Australia. “Picturebooks:” http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/fiction/classroom/picturebooks/
    14. Margot Finke. “How to Write a Picture Book with Fabulous Rhyme & Meter:”  http://www.underdown.org/mf-rhyme-and-meter.htm
  13. Meghan McCarthy. “An Illustrator’s Guide to Creating a Picture Book:” http://www.meghan-mccarthy.com/illustratorsguide.html
  14. Mem Fox. “So You Want to Write a Picture Book.” http://www.memfox.net/so-you-want-to-write-a-picture-book.html
  15. Michael Hyatt. “Write a Winning Book Proposal.” http://michaelhyatt.com/product/writing-a-winning-book-proposal
  16. MM DelRosario. “What is a Picture Book? http://mmdelrosario.hubpages.com/hub/what-is-a-picture-book
  17. New York Public Library. “100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know.” http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended2.cfm?ListID=61
  18. Steve Barancik. “How to Write a Children’s Book:”http://www.best-childrens-books.com/how-to-write-a-childrens-book.html
  19. Tara Lazar “Picture Book Construction – Know Your Layout:” (a template) http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/picture-book-construction-know-your-layout/
  20. Tracy Marchini. “Nine Factors that Make a Picture Book Successful :” http://tmarchini.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/9-factors-that-make-a-picture-book-successful/
  21. Umbral Walker. Dreamings. “Children’s Books vs Middle Grade vs. Young Adult (YA) Novels:”
    http://web.me.com/umbralwalker/Dreamings/Updates/Entries/2010/5/3_Children%E2%80%99s_vs_Middle_Grade_vs_Young_Adult_(YA)_Novels.html
  22. Uri Shulevitz. “Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books:” http://mightyartdemos.com/mightyartdemos-shulevitz.html
  23. Wendy Martin. “Illustration for Picture Books, Part 1:” http://wendymartinillustration.com/wordpress/2009/11/11/illustration-for-picture-books-part-1/
  24. Wendy Martin. “Illustration for Picture Books, Part 11: http://wendymartinillustration.com/wordpress/2009/11/11/illustration-for-picture-books-part-2/
  25. Wikipedia.org. “Picture Books:” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picture_book
  26. WiseGeek.com. “What is a Picture Book?” http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-picture-book.htm

Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear from you.

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Illustration Friday


Penelope Dullaghan http://www.illustrationfriday.com

Here’s an interview with Penelope Dullaghan about how she started Illustration Friday.

Thanks for joining me, Penelope.

When did you start Illustration Friday?

Illustration Friday began after quitting my job as an Art Director in 2004 to become a freelance illustrator. I felt pretty isolated in my home studio and wanted to connect with other creative people. I’d also heard that when you first start out as a freelancer it’s wise to only show work in your portfolio that you want to do more of… like attracts like. So I started Illustration Friday on my personal blog to pad my portfolio with fun work.

You were alone at first, then what happened?

After a while, it was clear that other people wanted to participate as well, so I connected with Brianna Privett who owns a small website firm called Utopian.net. Together we created a dedicated site to focus on Illustration Friday.

After you and Brianna Privett created a special site for it, did it grow?

We were pleasantly surprised (shocked, really!) when the site grew quickly and lots of fellow creatives starting to use it regularly. Now years later, we feel fortunate to continue to offer the site as inspiration to people to create artwork weekly and even luckier because they always inspire us so much, too.

What was your proudest moment with Illustration Friday?

Proudest moment with Illustration Friday… Let’s see. I think our proudest moment came when Illustration Friday participants helped out with fund-raising for the Gulf oil spill. Illustration Friday partnered with Kelly Light of the Ripple Blog to create small art cards that were available for $10.00 each, all of which went to either The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies or The International Bird Rescue Research Center.

You can read more about the call to action here: http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/2010/06/11/ripple/. And the results were great! In one week Ripple went from having 100 cards to having 600 cards, and went from raising $1,000.00 to help clean oiled animals to more than $5,000.00. Read more about the results here:

http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/2010/06/25/ripple-update/. It was a really good thing.

Thank you on behalf of all of America, Mexico, and the rest of the world! It is really heart-warming to see how you, Brianna, and the other participants in Illustration Friday made cards to raise money to clean up from the Gulf Oil spill. I am very proud of all of you.

We are also very proud of the fact that we’ve been hosting an inspirational, positive space for artists to create for seven years now…. and still going strong!

Thank you, Penelope for sharing your information about Illustration Friday. It sounds like fun for everyone who likes to draw.

To see illustrations by Penelope Dullaghan penny@penelopeillustration.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/pdullaghan

Represented by Scott Hull Associates  scott@scotthull.com

Brianna Privett runs Utopian, a small web firm with her partner, Josh Wood http://briannaprivett.com/digital-works. She also does photography.http://www.briannaprivett.com

To find out other ways to join forces for creative ventures, look for an article I wrote called, “Find Your Creative Edge” on p.24 of the July-August SCBWI Bulletin. I am honored that Stephen Mooser and the others on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin staff chose my article to put in the bulletin. If your article gets published, you get paid $50.00 plus they pay $70.00 for the renewal of your membership for a year. For PubSub3rdFri, send them an idea you have found helpful to you about writing or illustrating.

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Joan Y. Edwards

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Five Books to Improve Your Writing Skills


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“Five Books to Improve Your Writing Skills” by Joan Y. Edwards

Originally, Twitter hashtag #pubsub3rdFri WEEK ONE STEPS – May 2010 TO PUB SUB 3RD FRI

In May more flowers bloom. Perhaps this will be the month for you manuscript, art work, or music to bloom. If you’re a mother, father, sister, or brother, May is a great month to submit your work. The third Friday is May 21st. Do it in honor of your own Mother. You can do it. I have faith in you. You’ve been having experiences to help you put the emotional pull of a character this way and that way in your writing. You’ve researched choices for your characters. Your subconscious mind is busy at work figuring out how to make your writing distinctive, charming, and lively. It’s helping you stand out from thousands of written works.

Submitting a query letter counts as a submission. Query, Query, Query until someone says “Yes.
Perhaps you did more research for your article. You have photos and information from an interview to add to it. Maybe you rewrote the second chapter of your novel because it needed better dialogue. Accept yourself where you are. Be proud of who you are and all that you’ve done in your life.

Here are five books that helped me with my writing skills. Checking out the book from your local library is free.
If you want your own copy, usually you can buy used ones on Amazon for $5.00 or less plus $3.99 shipping. You can also check a used book store in your area.

Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction.
Donald Maass: Writing the Break Out Novel.
Donald Maass: Writing the Break Out Novel Workbook.
Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages.
Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories

Get yourself ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of this month, May 21st. It can be an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie. In other words, the sky is the limit for you to submit. Like the little duck in Flip Flap Floodle say, “I won’t give up.”

Get your creative work ready to send off. Go For It. Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I CAN DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT.”

Week One

  1. This week make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
  2. Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
  3. Select the publisher you will use this month.
  4. Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.
  5. Fine tune your manuscript – have your writing group or other professional writer/editor critique it.

Good luck! See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information. Do something good for yourself today!

Have I motivated you to submit?
I hope so.

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Week 2 – Let Your Manuscript Rest (Pub Sub)


Week 2 – Let Your Manuscript Rest (Pub Sub)

Thanks for joining me in Pub Subbing your manuscript. Our commitment is to submit an article, poem, or book manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of each month the next year. I’m glad I can count you in.

During Week One, you sent your manuscript or article (could be poems, puzzles, devotions, illustrations) to your critique group or to a professional editing service for critique. You’ve chosen the publisher to whom you’re going to submit. You’ve printed out their guidelines and saved them to your computer in your submissions folder.

Now here are the steps for Week Two to take to help us achieve the PubSub3rdFri goal for the month of March.

Week Two
1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.
2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter and not to send the manuscript, then write your query letter. You can go to Query Shark http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ and check out Charlotte Dillon’s website http://www.charlottedillon.com/query.html/. She has a query sample, names of books, and links to online articles about query letters. Awesome resource! Here’s another telling you how to write a pitch letter for that indepth article you’ve written: http://www.ehow.com/how_2117753_write-pitch-letter.html
3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it. Good sources for cover letter notes are Moira Allen’s http://www.writing-world.com/basics/cover.shtml and http://resourcesforwriters.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_write_a_cover_letter/.
a. Write a pitch for your manuscript, article, or illustration of 25 words or less and include it and include it in your cover letter. A pitch is an eye catching, heart trapping summary of your book or article. It can also be called your “Hook.” Here is a great site to see a few pointers about writing a pitch: http://www.ehow.com/how_5824250_write_novel_pitch.html/. You can submit your pitch to the SCBWI list serve email group and ask them for suggestions on revisions of your pitch. Write it on a 3×5 card. If you can’t get it all written on the front side of the card, it’s too long.
b. Mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours would hook readers and attract them to it.
c. If you are a member of SCBWI, mention it in your cover letter.
4. Write your resume. Here is a link to Moira Allen’s walking your through a good one: http://www.writing-world.com/rights/resume.shtml
a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.
b. List all memberships in professional organizations.
c. Include all of your publishing credits.
5. If necessary, write your proposal. Here’s a link to a site that also has videos on you-tube. http://www.bookproposalwriting.com/
When you submit, whether you submit, early, on-time, or late, print a PUB SUB 3RD FRI CERTIFICATE from my website http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm/ to tape on your computer. If you are late, print a RAIN CHECK I’LL SUB IN 7 DAYS to tape on your computer. You get to take it down when you submit. At the end of the year you hopefully will 12 Certificates to show your accomplishments! Publishers will have 12 examples of your great writing or illustrating. At best you will have done more submitting than you did in the year 2009.. That is a great gift to give yourself!

My hope and prayer is that you and I will hear or see “YES, I’d like to purchase your manuscript” from a publisher.

Check my website for the Pub Sub 3rd Fri certificates and rainchecks, http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm/

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I love reading your comments. Celebrate each little step you take. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for helping you get where you are. Each step gives you wings to fly into publication!

Flip Flap Floodle
says
Never Give Up.
book cover of Children's book, Flip Flap Floodle written by Joan Y. Edwards

Joan Y. Edwards
http://www.joanyedwards.com/

Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

Fine Tune Your Manuscript – Week One (PubSub3rdFri)


“Fine Tune Your Manuscript – Week One (PubSub3rdFri)” by Joan Y. Edward

Renamed the blogpost from Week One PubSub3rdFriday to the present title.

WEEK ONE STEPS TO PUB SUB 3RD FRI

Get yourself ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of this month, February  19th.  It can be an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, movie. In other words, the sky is the limit as to what you can submit.  Go For It.

Let me hear you shout, “YEE HAW! I’M DOING IT.”

Week One

  1. Make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
  2. Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
  3. Select the publisher you will use this month for this article.
  4. Print out a copy and save a copy of the guidelines.
  5. Fine tune your manuscript – have your writing group or other professional person critique it.

Good luck! See my Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information.

Do something good for yourself today! Laugh!

Leave a comment.  Ask a question. I’d love to hear from you.

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

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