Hello, John. I do black and white ink illustrations if you have something in mind. I’m not set up right now to do color. I think we talked about using photoshop on a wacom tablet from an earlier posting. Right now I’m trying break into publishing as an illustrator. I draw and ink about twelve hours a day, and I have some illustrations nearing completion for SCBWI bulletin. I understand if you can’t pay right now but that’s ok because I’m new too. Throw me some ideas on what you would like to see in pen and ink, but if you’re only interested in color illustrations, maybe we can talk about doing something together at a later date. Good luck. cj
After Borders closures, Britain is left with one national bookchain, Waterstones.
What appalling waste at the proposals to trash Border's book-stocks. The manpower costs in transporting books to trash sites and the disposing of them, could so easily be switched to donating them to residential homes of all ages, hospitals and at wounded veterans centres and to troops families.
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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
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I feel redeemed and more determined about my discussion regarding the sometimes botched attempt at turning a book into a movie. When I booted up my computer this morning, guess what popped up on MSN? An ariticle entitled, "How Hollywood takes good books and makes them into bad movies." Perfect timing.
Couldn't reply to your discussion, so I will have to leave my opinion here. Hope that's OK. As for the first 100 words, I, sadly, must agree that if authors would like to be published those first 100 words (but it's really 50 pages) have to be tight, fast and furious. Otherwise, you will get the dreaded form rejection letter saying, "This is not for us..." etc.
If you have a connection with a publishing house or a relationship with your editor, then you may discuss alternative techniques, however, this is be done on the front-end of planning the next novel, not the debut, which many are in a position to do. Just not me. LOL. Besides, my favorite crime thrillers are all fast,, addictive, read-all-night, page turners. Who doesn't love that? You get away from formulaic writing by being creative within your idea and its execution, etc.