Monday, September 12, 2016

Preparing for Smart Dummies


This year I want people to be extra prepared for Smart Dummies. Last year I personally had problems finishing the event, because I didn't polish my story before starting. I'm posting the list of what you will need before the event starts early this year.

To win Smart Dummies you'll need a polished picture book dummy. Dummies run between 24-30 pages. Many agents/editors want more pages, so keep this in mind while working on your dummy.

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 strong 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
- 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 strongly suggest you start on planning your picture book ASAP for Smart Dummies! You do not want to be half-way through the second week with just a couple of character sketches and a really good idea. Make sure you have a solid story before you start so you don't get stuck like I did!

Pre Day 1: Have story finished. Possibly have thumbnails and character designs done.
Day 1: Doodle a lot
Day 2: Create Thumbnails
Day 4: Have character designs for all characters 
Day 13: Finish loose drawings for each of your pages/spreads.
Day 14: Step back (several feet) and analyse your drawings. 
Day 27: Have your finished spreads done.
Days 28-31: Use your remaining days to polish your finish spreads. Erase stray lines, or trace the drawings so they look clean

You have an extra day this year, so be sure to use it wisely! You can visit the Facebook group for help: https://www.facebook.com/groups/548159692008535/


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