Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication

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by Ann Whitford Paul
     
 

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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 mistakes—and

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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 mistakes—and get a lot of rejections from publishers flooded with inappropriate manuscripts. From this book these writers will learn the writing and revision process that will lead them to creating more salable picture book manuscripts. Ann Whitford Paul covers researching the picture books market, creating characters, point of view, plotting, tips on writing rhyme, and more-all the lessons writers need to write great picture books that will appeal to both editors/agents and young readers/parents. She uses a mix of instruction and hand-on exercises, often asking readers to cut, color and paste their way through revision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582975566
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
299,218
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Ann Whitford Paul became inspired to write picture books after years of bedtime reading to her four children. She writes picture books, poetry and early readers. Her books have won numerous awards and recognition including a place on The New York Times Notable Books List, Carl Sandburg Award for Children's Literature, Bank Street College Best Books list, Notable Science and Social Studies Books, National Parenting Centers "Seal of Approval," and Recognition of Merit from the George C. Stone Center for Children's Books of the Claremont Graduate University, and they've been nominated for numerous state reading awards.

When not busy typing at her computer or teaching picture book writing at UCLA Extension, Ann can most often be found taking a long walk. Her hobbies include cooking, quilting, and knitting. She also loves to watch spiders spin their webs, snails paint their trails, and cats play with yarn.

She lives in Los Angeles and hopes you'll check out her Web site at www.annwhitfordpaul.net.

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Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
pilch92 More than 1 year ago
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.