The Biggest Mistake in Submitting a Picture Book

What is the biggest mistake made when submitting a picture book to a publisher? You do NOT need to find an illustrator Buy the ebook now! $8.99Instant Download. The question most often asked is this: “How do I find an illustrator for my book?” You don’t. The publisher chooses the illustrator. In fact, you cut […]

How to Mock-up a Picture Book

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 dummy to refine and polish your […]

5 Ways to Make The Reader Turn the Page

One of the key things I check when revising a picture book manuscript is page turns. Have I given the reader any reason to keep turning pages, or does each page stand alone and the reader doesn’t care if s/he finishes the book? 5 Ways to Make the Reader Turn the Page Stop a sentence […]

Revise the Picture Book Text

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. […]

Laurel Snyder: Class of 2k8

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

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 […]