Advice to the writer: Read what excites you.
As if kids are simpletons. As if kidlit publishers will buy any drivel. We know this is not true. Kids are smart, and picky about what they read. So I decided to write a book.
I wrote my first fractured fairy tale at age 8, and boasted that a publisher would snatch it up soon. Fast forward 30 years.
I now have one picture book in print and four more on the way. Grandma and Grandpa would be proud and would find my book on the store shelves.
Here are my six top tips. Write about a subject that excites kids—robots, ballerinas, dump trucks, aliens, princesses, super heroes, and so on.
Imagine your cover on bookstore shelves. Stay away from overdone topics like getting a pet, having a new baby in the family, moving to a new home, or meeting the tooth fairy. Break in with something unique. Be aware of page breaks. Most picture books have 32 pages, but not all pages are for story; some are used for end papers, the title page and copyright details.
Typically, there are 24 pages for story, which works out to twelve double-page spreads. Take advantage of page turns — make them surprising and fun. It helps to plug your story into a dummy when revising. Does your story fit the format? Rhyme only if you can rhyme well.
Editors see a lot of bad rhyme, mostly in the form of common rhyme, forced rhyme, and inconsistent meter. Keep it under words. Sometimes even fewer words are preferred.Tips for Editing Your Children’s Book. At some point after you have a solid draft of the children’s book you’re writing, you must begin the editing process.
Here’s a quick overview of the salient points to keep in mind. Pack picture books with lots of text.
Disclaimer Yes! By submitting this form I ask to receive email, texts and calls about degree programs on behalf of Concordia University - Portland, and agree automated technology may be used to dial the number(s) I provided. Writing teacher and author of over a dozen children’s books Darcy Pattison explains the craft of writing children’s picture books.
You’ll learn why format matters, how to appeal to kids and parents, how to write a read-aloud friendly book, and much more. OzKids is a program run by Childrens Charity Network, a Not For Profit organisation.
Emma Blackburn, editorial director for picture books at Bloomsbury Publishing, gives her top tips for getting started on your picture books. READ, READ, READ Before you start your own picture book, take a look at some of the wonderful picture books that are available at your local library, your school and your bookstore.
Aug 16, · Think up an interesting idea. For picture books, a gripping idea is the most important early factor in a picture book's success. If the idea appeals to you, it will reflect in your art and writing.