One Writer’s Journey

October 17, 2019

Picture Book Writing: Free Course

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 3:17 am
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One of my favorite picture books to read to my son. He never loved it as much as I did. Sniff.

The other day, a group of us were tweeting about how frustrating it is that so many people, even other writers, think that writing for children is going to be easy.  After all, the books, especially picture books, are so short!

But if you’ve ever drafted a picture book manuscript, you know how tricky they can be.  The word count is low.  The reader has limited knowledge of the world.  Adult gatekeepers have to be intrigued by the book or it will never reach the reader and . . . writing a picture book is hard, harder, hardest!

My earliest children’s writing endeavors were all picture books.  My manuscripts have improved over time, and will a lot of writing practice, but I have yet to make a picture book sale.

Laura Backes, publisher of Children’s Book Insider, has released a special free edition of their Picture Book Blueprint.  This is a free version of their picture book writing workshop.  Out of curiosity, I signed up.

This free edition consists of eight units ranging from the essential elements and creating a first draft to polishing your work.  Most units consist of multiple lectures and some also have bonus material such as information on illustrations and how to leave room for the illustrators work.

I’m looking forward to getting into this and seeing how it changes my work.  I’ve got two new picture book ideas, one that I haven’t written any of and another that I’ve drafted about 1/3 of the spreads.  I’ll be taking both of them through this method to see if and how it makes a difference.

If it sounds like something that you would be interested in, sign up here.  And, as always, happy writing!

–SueBE

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