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  • 1. What do Authors doWritten and illustrated by Eileen ChristelowClass: 511 Name: ____________________Spelling Words:Test date:2/18(Fri.) 1~5 authors, difficult, outlines, illustrators, sketchTest date:2/21(Mon.) 6~10 information, libraries, museums, cross…out, suggestionsTest date:2/22(Tue.) 11~15 get stuck, illustrators, dummy of the book, manuscripts, whetherTest date:2/24(Thur.) 16~20 rejection letter, encouraging, persistent, pleased, publisherAuthors get ideas from books at the strangest moments!When authors have ideas for books, they start to write.Sometimes it is difficult to find the words.Some authors write notes about what might happen in the story. They make lists oroutlines.Some authors who write pictures books are also illustrators. Sometimes they sketch asthey write. The sketches give them ideas. Sometimes authors need more information.So they go to libraries, historical societies, museums….. They read books, oldnewspapers, magazines, letters, and diaries written long ago. They take notes. Theyinterview people. They take more notes. They listen and watch. They write and writeand write… and cross things out….throw parts of the story away…and start again.Sometimes authors read their stories to their families. Their families makesuggestions.Sometimes they read to author friends in a writers’ group. The friends makesuggestions.Sometimes authors get stuck, so they put their books away for a while.But usually, when they are doing something else, they get unstuck. Then they start towrite again.Authors who are also illustrators make a dummy of the book to show how it will lookwith illustrations.It can take one year, two years, or more to finish writing a manuscript! When thestories are finished, authors send their manuscripts to publishers.Sometimes they wait for weeks or months to hear whether the publishers like theirbooks.Most authors have received rejection letters. Some rejection letters are encouraging.Some are not. But authors are very persistent people. They work on their manuscriptssome more. They send their manuscripts out to other publishers.Authors are very pleased when they find a publisher.