Category: Picture Books

  • 10 Suggestions for Picture Book Titles

    Once you have a draft, it’s a good idea to make a stab at a title. This will likely change as you revise and, in the end, the publisher may prefer a different title. But this is a good place to start. BRAINSTORMING TITLES My best technique for finding a good title is to make […]

  • The Craft & Business of Writing

    From Writer’s Digest Press is the new book, The Craft & Business of Writing. There are five sections: Getting Started/General Business, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children’s Writing and Poetry. I have two articles in the book: Picture Books 101: Pay Attention to Structure Great Expectations: Conferences Can Make a Difference Meant to be used as a reference […]

  • Picture Book Manuscript Quiz

    Picturebook Manuscript Quiz: How do you measure up? Take the Quiz Fourteen Sections–Structure, Plot: Divide your manuscript into a minimum of fourteen sections, with each section a scene in the story. ( If you have fewer than fourteen sections, it’s probably a magazine piece, not a picturebook.) Does each section have an action to illustrate? […]

  • Friday Ideas 2008

    Where do you find your ideas? Every author gets this question, but I’m one of the few who has a straightforward answer. Go to Friday Ideas 2008 Last year, in the midst of lots of family struggles, I asked several people to join me in trying to come up with more original picturebook ideas. […]

  • My Favorite Thanksgiving Books

    These are my favorite Thanksgiving books: Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. This classic never fails to touch my heart. Molly has to make a Pilgrim for her class’s Thanksgiving celebration. Mama tells her that she will make the Pilgrim, so go on to bed. But Mama makes a doll that looks like a Russian peasant. […]

  • Wait to submit

    Editor Requests Revision Two weeks ago, I got a revision letter from an editor about a picturebook.  Hurrah! You can guess what I did.  I tore the mss apart and revised and revised.  I read it aloud.  I reseached typical dialogue for different regional dialects, so I could personalize the characters.  I sharpened the conflict.  […]