Big picture book publishing houses don’t accept unsolicited submissions but many of the smaller independent ones do. If you want to publish without getting an agent, see the list below. Note – all these publishers have websites and it is a very good idea to look closely at their catalogue and read their books, as… Read More Children’s picture book publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts
I first heard Eric Huang speak at the SCBWI Winchester conference last October. I was inspired by the creativity of the apps, characters and stories Made in Me were developing for Me Books – but what particularly struck a chord, was Eric’s suggestion that authors and illustrators should start thinking about themselves as creators. In… Read More Notes from a SCBWI Masterclass with Eric Huang – Picture books for the digital age
A picture book writer’s tool kit is awesome, it’s why I write picture books. Playing with these techniques is great fun. Remember, picture books are meant to be read out loud. So go to town – bold and wacky is good. But remember the audience. Keep the concept and structure simple. And short! Rhyme There is… Read More Being creative with words. The picture book writers tool kit.
Part 1 – Structure and Layout Before we get creative let’s talk about structure and layout. Picture books are fairly formulaic. Most picture books have 32 pages of which around 24 pages make up the story. In theory up to 30 of the pages could be used for the story. There are also 24 page… Read More How to develop a picture book idea – structure and layout
As you can see from previous posts I have been stalking picture book authors and publishers trying to find out how to break into this tricky market. The most important thing I have learned is: the idea is king. So what makes a good idea? Hmm. There is no simple answer to this. A combination… Read More How to evaluate a picture book idea.
I jumped at the chance to meet Pippa Goodhart and listen to her words of wisdom at the recent SCBWI Author Masterclass on Writing Picture Books in London. My children love her book You Choose; it’s so well thumbed it’s fallen apart! You Choose is a concept book with just 220 words. The words are… Read More Good Picture Book Advice from Pippa Goodhart – Keep it short!
Last week I went to a Children’s Picture Book talk arranged by SCBWI. Bloomsbury’s picture book commissioning editor and designer were the professionals who gamely answered all our questions. I won’t summarise all that was said because it’s well worth joining SCBWI and going along to their various talks and workshops. (Actually you don’t have… Read More Children’s Picture Book Market Segmentation
My story The Elephant Carnival reached the short list at the beginning of February and then I found out todays it’s a winner! It will appear in an anthology alongside nine other winning animal stories, which is scheduled for release in October this year. What I am most excited about is that the characters I… Read More I won the Mumsnet/Walker Books Children’s Animal Story Competition!