Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Writing a Picture Book Text

Writing a Picture Book Text (2007/2016) Post 367

Writing a Picture Book Text is one of the how-to guides I wrote over the years culminating, so far, in Everything You Want to Know... Like Ten Picture Book Mistakes, this little book doesn't purport to get your book published. It offers a practical guide to offering material that doesn't show amateur errors. Writing writing how-tos is difficult because one can never say never... and in fact for every no-no in writing, there's a book out there, and possibly a highly successful book... that shows exactly the no-no in question. These are the exceptions to the rule. This book  shows what is more likely to work, what is more likely to fail, and why.
It's unusual for a book in that it includes a pre-paid look at the text. The updated text forms part of the huge Everything volume, but the single book itself is still available, as some people are interested in writing picture books only.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books, so the blog will continue for at least the next month or so. 

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