Read pitches by other children’s book writers, submit your own, or just follow along to learn more about the fine art of catching an agent’s eye. There is a contest too.
Picture people, here’s an interview with award-winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.
If you are a picture book writer, you may be interested in this exciting community. It isn’t free, but it isn’t expensive either, and it offers the benefits of support, motivation, and information. I am going to sign up!
If you have a list of ideas for picture books and are wondering what to do next, or if you have a picture book manuscript that has been rejected, here’s an excellent article about making a picture book dummy. It will help you check your structure and correct common problems.
Click on the link below for a terrific method to generate story ideas. It works best for children’s books, but it could work for adult trade authors too. It’s simple, fun, and very effective! I encountered it on the Picture Book Idea Month Facebook page.
If you write books for kids, here’s a list you won’t want to be without. It is sure to inspire a million ideas (and memories). It’s from author and Picture Book Idea Month maven Tara Lazar.
Cruise around the world of recent books for children at this excellent review site. The link below leads to a sensitive and complete review of a picture book, Toot and Puddle. Use the easy navigation tools to find reviews and news about early readers, chapter books, middle grade books, and YAs.
Find out how a new picture book, Flap, came to be in this interview by Laura Miller.
Here are some hints about structure and plot from picture book author Tammi Sauer. Most articles about plotting are for novelists. Actually, the basic advice isn’t that much different. There are, of course, fewer characters and no subplots.
What makes a picture book timeless? Here’s an interview with Linda Arms White with some answers.