Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publicationby Ann Whitford Paul
Writing picture books is not easy. Picture books are a unique form of writing with a large audience of 2- to 8-year-olds, and they must appeal to both the adult purchaser and the child listener/reader. They are generally 32 pages long and must be tightly focused and told partly through illustrations. And novice picture book writers make a lot of mistakesand
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I've read a few books on children's publishing, which are very good, but cover so much about with publishing that less is discussed on the actual writing. TWO-THIRDS of this book is about the writing itself, from word usage, point of view, audience, length, prose, and on and on. It gives the DETAILS one needs to prepare a manuscript for submission. I started reading it from the library, but had to buy my own copy so I could highlight and take notes.
I have read every book in the library on writing picture books. Many had some good points, but this one covered everything. I couldn't afford to take a class , but this was just as good if not, better.There are exercises after every chapter to be sure you retain the information covered. If my book gets published, I will add more to this review.