How to Write a Children's Picture Book and Get it Published, 2nd Edition Paperback – 18 Feb 2016
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Inside knowledge from an established author of the picture book market will help you realise the dream of seeing your own book accepted for publication.
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How to Write a Children's Picture Book and Get it Published is for anyone who's ever wanted to write stories for children and not known how to go about doing so.
Practical, comprehensive and entertaining, this book looks at what subjects you should and should not write about; how to create compelling and believable characters; how to set out the storyline using the author's unique Plot Planner; how to lay out your picture book using her 32-page layout plan; and all the many other things you need to think about if you are to get your book published successfully. This updated new edition also includes a section on how to enhance your text for the eBook market.
Within these pages, you will find advice on
writing for an international audiencelanguage and language structuregrammarchoosing a titleadding illustrationspreparing your scriptself-publishingand much, much more...
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The style is extremely patronising and treats the reader like a total idiot who is not only new to writing picture books, but also new to... well, pretty much everything. As another reviewer mentioned, the author actually feels the need to tell us we shouldn't write picture books about drugs, piercings, tatoos, smoking, alcohol consumption, sex, sex aids... how stupid does she think we are??
Also, do we really need to be told in great detail how and where to save copies of manuscripts on our PC?
The author uses almost exclusively her own books (actually mostly just one) for analysis.
The sections on publishing appear quite dated. She strongly advises against sending maniscripts by email, but as far as I know, email is usually the medium of choice nowadays. And whereas almost everywhere else I read that it's best to have a agent, the author portrays agents as unnecessary and universally unfriendly, whereas editors at publishing houses are apparently all wonderful, friendly people and manuscripts should be sent directly to them.
I had high hopes for this book, but was disappointed. Ann Whitford Paul's "Writing Picture Books" is meant to be much better, so I'm looking forward to trying that next.
The book is well structured and can be read within 1 hour.
It starts with how to create a picture book, what to include and what not. I already finished my book but found the chapters still very interesting and useful for the next one :)
What was most useful for me was the advice on how the cover letter should look like because funnily that's where I kind of got stuck.
It is definitely worth a read with a lot of important and useful information.