How to Write a Children’s Picture Book


You CAN be a Children’s Book Author

Children's Book Author, Darcy PattisonI’m Darcy Pattison, and I’m a children’s book author.
Wouldn’t you love to say that about yourself?
Wouldn’t you love to be the one signing books for kids and families?

Twenty years ago, I decided to write a children’s picture book. I had four kids and we read nightly, hundreds of children’s books. I thought I knew what was picture books were all about. Boy, was I wrong!

I wish I had had a writing teacher who could have explained the ins and outs of writing and selling picture books. And that’s why I decided to help others.

You CAN be published in eight languages

Here are some of my picture books and they are available in eight languages.

Your Biggest Fear: Rejection or Regret?

Because I write, just like you, I understand the fears at the beginning of a writing career. What is your biggest fear?
Not mine. Instead, I fear getting to the end of my life and looking back and realize that I never tried. I fear Regret and I fear it much, much more than I fear Rejection.

I’ll have to say, though, that rejection DOES hurt. Unlike regret, I can help with rejection. With the right information and exercises, your story can improve and catch an editor’s eye.

You CAN Get Acceptance Letters and Contract Offers

The first thing you need to change those rejection letters into acceptance letters is knowledge. The How to Write a Picture Book Ebook explains the kinds of picture books, how to write a picture book and how to sell it.

Complete Table of Contents

Picture Book Basics

Picture Books standards: 32 pages
Putting the Picture in Picture Books
Write the First Draft of a Picture Book
The Dual Audience for Picture Books
Did you Write a Picture Book or Something Else?
Check Your Picture Book’s Story Arc
Shakespeare Helps You Write a Better Picture Book
Picture Book Settings
Options for Picture Book Characters
Playing With Words for Picture Books
Page 32
How to Mock Up a Picture Book
5 Ways to Make The Reader Turn the Page
Revise the Picture Book Text

Specific Types of Picture Books

The Biggest Mistake in Submitting a Picture Book
What Kids Think Is Funny
10 Suggestions for Picture Book Titles
12 Picture Book Topics to Avoid
The Illustrator Doesn’t Tell YOU What to Do
Picture Books: Folk Tales or Modern Stories?
How To Write a Rhyming Picture book
How to Write a Picture Book Mystery
How to Write a Picture Book Biography
How to Write an ABC Book
How to Write a Creative Non-Fiction Picture Book
How to Write a Poetry Collection Picture Book
How to Create a Read Aloud Friendly Picture Book
Voice for Picture Books
Messages, Morals and Lessons in Picture Books
Effective Picture Book Subtitles

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  • krysta
    February 8, 2013

    hey darcy…love what u have here…i have ust one question though…why shouldnt u write a book about a disability…i thought it would create awareness to children…or are they too young…..say for the 6-8 year old…can u please go in depth

  • Darcy Pattison
    February 11, 2013

    Of course, you CAN write about a disability, but for trade publishers, it must be secondary to the story. The STORY must hold up as a story, first and foremost. And it can’t be ABOUT the disability, but just a character who has this disability as the main character of the story. For education publishers and niche publishers, you could probably write ABOUT the disability, but the market for those books will be smaller. Yes, it creates awareness, but awareness doesn’t sell books. For trade publishers–who put books in bookstores–the main thing that sells is a compelling story. Tell a great story and you can have a disabled character, if you want, and if it works.