Monday, August 31, 2015

Smart Dummies Starts Tomorrow!

Smart Dummies starts tomorrow. Do you have everything?

Sign up here if you haven't already! http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/p/smart-dummies-sign-up.html

Share Smart Dummies with your friends and win a $20 Amazon gift card: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2015/08/pre-smart-dummies-giveaway.html

Here is a quick list of what you'll need:

- Pencils/Mechanical Pencils
- Paper (Can be computer paper!)
- Erasers of all sorts
- Your polished manuscript (or ideas for a story if wordless)
- Access to a computer to see the posts

Things you might want to have:

- Drawing books & books on craft (There are some free here)
- Pre-sketching
- Character Designs
- Thumbnails (tiny drawings to outline your script)
- A critique group for feedback (Contact me if you would like to join a group)
- A scanner (camera) to share your work with your group

I've only got a few sketches done for the event. I will be posting a second time today to show a sample schedule. I will also be putting challenges at the bottom of some of the posts to help keep you on track. The samples and challenges will be based on not having much pre-work done for the event.

What you need to win: 

- Sign up on the sign-up page! The Facebook group is for everyone, but does not guarantee sign up to the event!

- You need at least a 24 page dummy (+ cover). These are often drawn in pencil (though may be done on a computer if you prefer).

- For a few posts you may have to additionally comment or share to win the prize.

Sylvia Liu has told me that many publishers are in favor of the bigger format  which is 30 pages + cover.  The cover can be 1-2 pages and I'm not completely sure if it's necessary, but it is a good introduction to your book.  Tara Lazar has basic picture book layouts so you can plan accordingly: http://taralazar.com/2009/02/22/picture-book-construction-know-your-layout/

If you get overwhelmed at any time during the event please contact me! I will do my very best to help you through the situation. There will be a few prizes for those who have signed up and don't win the event. After the event will be more information about finishing and sending out your manuscript.





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