Illustrating Beyond The Manuscript

For the past year, my critique group, The Broad Strokes has set aside the first half hour of every meeting to share our favorite new picture books. We fawn over stunning illustrations and beautiful prose, marvel at hilarious new concepts, and dissect each illustrator’s process and media. As we pore over these books, there is one question we often come back to: Do the illustrators merely illustrate the text or do they take the work to the next level? Let me preface this by saying that effectively illustrating an author’s text alone is quite a feat. Putting pictures to someone else’s words involves a careful analysis of the emotion conveyed by the words, incorporating setting details that may

2019 Contest Winners

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the fourth annual Rate Your Story Awesome Openers Writing Contest. Our judges have spent weeks reading and deliberating over each of the three contest categories. We're excited to finally announce the results. If you'd like to read more about the contest itself, click here. For contest results, scroll down. Congratulations to all! - PICTURE BOOK NONFICTION: First Place: GENIUS CAMP by Vivian Kirkfield Second Place: PRESI-DENTAL by Angela Calabrese Third Place: HATS OFF TO HARRIET by Jennifer Grolemund Honorable Mention: BORN FOR THE BLUES by Sherry Howard Honorable Mention: STEP BY STEP by Julie Murphy What the RYS judges had to say: "This was

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