Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Smart Dummies Oath!

Here it is! The Smart Dummies oath. If you completed 24-30 pages (or 12-15 spreads) CONGRATULATIONS are in order. You have completed the Smart Dummies challenge! Your images just need to be black and white. The images can all be done in pencil. If you did more than good for you!

Please do not try to send me your Dummies! We are on the honor's system. You MUST SIGN this oath in order to be eligible for most prizes and registered. You MUST comment on the posts of the prizes you want! I posted all the links yesterday. 

The Smart Dummies Oath: 

I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me, Jimmy (who is living in a well, and Batman.* I will continue working on getting my dummy published.

*He is the night.
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That's it! You have about a week until I start drawing prizes. Thank you all for being a part of this event! Even if you didn't win this event know that you are a winner for just attempting a dummy. This is just one challenge. Stay in the Smart Dummies Facebook group so you can keep learning about dummies all year long!

31 comments:

  1. Thank you, Dani, for all your hard work organizing this event. And thanks to all your wonderful contributors, too. The timing was perfect--I can sign the oath, and this weekend I'm off to a meeting to share my dummy. Finally! Thank you!

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  2. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me.
    Thank you, Dani, for the wonderful support. All your efforts are appreciated. I also would like to thank all the artists who contributed generously to the event. It was nice to meet new artists, see how they work and learn from them. A worthy experience.

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  3. Hi Dani. I Have completed the challenge! This has been a wonderful event. Thanks.

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  4. Well, I qualified, even though I didn't finish my full dummy because my dummy book is 40 pages- yeah not the usual number, but this story needs it. I did finish 30 pages. I solemly swear I finished 30 pages- 15 spreads in October 2016. So yay! I'll be finishing the rest of the book this week.

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  5. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy!!! Hurray!

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  6. Hi Dani, I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 28 pages (or 14 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. The dummy is not perfect enough to send to agents or editors, but it's perfect for my critique group. I will carry on to submission. Yeah!! thanks for the push I needed. Dayne Sislen

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  7. Hi Dani. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. Not perfect but ready to review with my critique group next week, then hopefully start sending it out for submissions =)

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  8. Whew. I did it. My dummy had to be printed out and assembled for a conference. I even printed a color page as the cover. It was a very productive month. Thanks for all the encouragement. I have 32 pages plus the cover image, as well as lots of ideas on how to make it even better.

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  9. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me, Jimmy (who is living in a well, and Batman.* I will continue working on getting my dummy published.

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  10. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me, Jimmy (who is living in a well, and Batman.* I will continue working on getting my dummy published.

    *He is the night.

    THANK YOU Dani! I learned a lot this month!

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  11. Hey Dani, I did not complete the dummy, but this was my first go-round and I took a class on illustration this month too, so it has been busy! Thank you for all your amazing work to put together this challenge, bring together all these experts and gather these prizes! I never though I had it in me to create a dummy, and a new story came about as I wrote it in thumbnail version for the first time. I usually write in a Word document, so this was an interesting way to pay attention to those dramatic moments and pace out the text. I wrote so much less than usual! Wow! Thanks a ton. This has been awesome.

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  12. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me. I will continue working on getting my dummy published.

    Dani, how lucky we are to have you organizing this challenge! I may still need to revise my dummy to make it more marketable before it becomes submission ready. Will keep on working on it!

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  13. finished!
    i'll probably go back and make some revisions, but for right now, I have my story down!
    Thanks for organizing this,
    claire

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  14. do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me, I will continue working on getting my dummy published. Thanks for all your hard work organising Dani!

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  15. I completed a first pass with roughs and did a second pass layout for revisions. I also worked on character designs for my characters.

    I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me, Jimmy (who is living in a well, and Batman.* I will continue working on getting my dummy published.

    *He is the night.

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  16. I solemnly swear that I worked as hard as I could with a little four month old and have loose sketches for every page and a story that is coming together. No not finished, but I'm happy about what I did complete!

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  17. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have 30 pages completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I am planning to learn In Design this week to get the pages into that format and will continue working on my 4 to 6 final pictures and then getting my dummy submitted to agents (by January 2017) and on in pursuit of publishing.

    Effusive and ardent thanks to:
    - Dani for organizing this and leading by your shining example;
    - the contributors for your words of wisdom and sparks of inspiration;
    - and the other participants for honestly sharing your enthusiasm and your trepidation, reminding one another that both are integral parts of the process!

    Y'all have been, collectively, an extraordinary catalyst and I am immensely grateful to you! Though there's still a lot to do, I feel as if completing this challenge has shifted something . . . and has made what seemed a distant insurmountable dream not only possible, but probable!

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  18. Done! A rough draft of my dummy. Much to revise but this is a start. Thank you so much for everything!

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  19. I did finish the roughs for one dummy! Yay! I can already see revisions that need to happen, though!
    I do solemnly swear that I have completed the Smart Dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages (or 12 spreads) completed for my Picture Book Dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me, Jimmy (who is living in a well, and Batman.* I will continue working on getting my dummy published.

    *He is the night.

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  20. I did do it--I take the oath. Even though it's pretty rough and I revised the story yesterday, so the dummy will have to change I finished 28 pages. This is the first dummy I've actually completed. Hurray! And thank you!

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  21. I found the oath yeh!!! ...yes i have finally finished my story dummy even with some painted for references ... in the time period set out with flying colours thanks to this wonderful challenge...many thanks Dani duck

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  22. I found the oath yeh!!! ...yes i have finally finished my story dummy even with some painted for references ... in the time period set out with flying colours thanks to this wonderful challenge...many thanks Dani duck

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  23. Just trying to make sure I have signed the oath in the right place? Dummy is ready with some illustrations as well

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  24. Please forgive me, I thought I had signed the oath. YES, I did complete my picture book dummy. It took me three times but I finally have a project that I am proud of! My next step is to get busy painting.

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  25. Yes I signed the oath a couple of weeks ago.

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  26. I solemnly swear that I did indeed finish a dummy of my picture book (and that I am usually up to no good, sorry couldn't help myself :-P )

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  27. I do solemnly swear that I completed the smart dummy challenge and that I am also looking into taking classes with CBA to learn more about publishing.

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  28. This is the third time I did this.... looks like it went through

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  29. Hi i hope this goes live...i jacquleine price definately finished the dummy in tje alotted time...thank you for the push and wonderful blog that you researched and posted to help us piece everything together. I am getting the isbn number this week so i can mobe forward with my first book

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  30. I do solemnly swear that I have completed the smart dummies challenge. I have at least 24 pages( or 12 spreads) completed for my picture book dummy. I understand that lying about this only hurts me. I will continue working on getting my dummy published. November 12, 2016 Elsa Simon

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