How to Mock-up a Picture Book

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When you're happy with the revisions of your picture book manuscript, it's time to make a mock-up, or what is usually called a dummy. Why Make a Dummy? Picture books combine text and words in a short 32 page book. The structure is so unusual, that you need a mock-up or a dummy to refine and ...

Revise the Picture Book Text

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You've made some major changes in your text, but it's time for micro-changes. Examples of microcuts and microchanges Micro-cuts Once you're happy with your text, go back and edit out another 100 words. Again, it’s an arbitrary number, but it works so well. Think of this as a poem, which is the tightest writing possible. Nothing extra, ...

Laurel Snyder: Class of 2k8

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This is part of a year-long series about those intrepid newcomers, The Class of 2k8. To help marketing efforts for debut novelists, these 28 novelists have banded together to create a group marketing effort. Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains Laurel Snyder LOVES Revising! Well, to begin with, I should say that I LOVE revising. ...

N.A. Nelson: Class of 2k8

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This is part of a year-long series about those intrepid newcomers, The Class of 2k8. To help marketing efforts for debut novelists, these 28 novelists have banded together to create a group marketing effort. Bringing the Boy Home , HarperCollins, July N.A. NELSON’S WORKSPACE I’ve always torn things out of magazines. Always. If something grabs me ...