I’ve just finished reading ‘How to Write a Children’s Picture Book and Get It Published’ by Andrea Shavick.
When I first leafed through it I was a bit disappointed as it seemed so basic and simple.
(Idiot!) This is exactly why it’s so flipping good!
By the time I got to the end I was in no doubt as to what I needed to do and who I needed to approach in order to stand the best chance of getting my books published.
And, best of all, because it was so clear and to the point, I wasn’t left feeling overwhelmed. It all seemed very do-able. (Which for me is a humungous brownie point.)
What I mainly learnt is do not give your publisher an excuse to reject your work.
- Following the 12 double-page spread format
- Sticking to one or two main character (three at the most)
- Limiting word count to 400 max (“If you can write a great story in, say, 300 words or even less you’ll find yourself in demand”)
- Shortening and simplifying sentences
- Ensuring that every line of text moves the plot along
- Cutting out anything that would make a boring picture
- Developing strong characters with series potential (follow up books and soft toys)