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  • Veronica Bartles
    September 20, 2011 - 3:50 pm · Reply

    I LOVED your video tutorial “How to Make a Smart Dummy!” Thank you so much!!! I really see now why it’s important to make a book dummy, even though I’m not an illustrator. I still have one question, however. Since I’m just an author, not an author/illustrator, how do I properly format my picture book manuscript to submit it to an agent or an editor? I can’t draw to save my life, and I would hate for my poor attempts at artwork to detract from my story, so I’m guessing I shouldn’t include the stick-figure drawings when I submit it. So, do I still submit the manuscript as a dummy without pictures, or is there another manuscript format that authors use when not sending illustrations?
    Thanks again!

    • katie
      September 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm · Reply

      Thank you, Veronica! When you say “manuscript” that usually means a standard Word document or PDF. If you are not an illustrator and are therefore not submitting art with the book (a dummy), or your story doesn’t need pictures (in the examples I show in the tutorial) then you should just send in a manuscript.

      Harold Underdown, a wonderful editor (and basic all around lovely guy) has a site that every author and illustrator should know about, and this page is perfect for you to look at, since it’s called Manuscript Format Basics:

      I hope this helps you!


      • Veronica Bartles
        September 21, 2011 - 7:56 am · Reply

        Thanks so much for your reply! That was what I thought. (That’s how I have my novel manuscript formatted.) I just started second-guessing myself about the picture book… Thanks for clearing up my confusion!

  • Sue Shanahan
    July 11, 2012 - 10:45 am · Reply

    Hi Katie,

    I am trying to purchase the “How to Promote Your Book” audios. For some mysterious reason chapters 2 and 3 won’t go into my cart when I try to buy them. Help!

    I love you and your podcasts. What would we kidlit authors and illustrators do without you??



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