PB Master Class Takeaway: From Frustration to First Draft

The video clip is adorable. A racoon dips a chunk of cotton candy into water, anticipating the scrumptious morsal. but it disappears! He frantically looks for his dissolved treat, unable to comprehend the science between water and the fluffy confection. This is the inspiration for my picture book. Unfortunately, I discovered that it was extremely…

Let’s Explore Picture Books by Laura Sassi

Here's a glimpse into Laura Sassi's Picture Book Master Class is next month.

Picture-Driven Stories: Learning to Think in Pictures

Learning to Think In Pictures

"A picture book illustrator needs to tell a story with pictures. A picture book author needs to show the same story with words." -Jean Matthew Hall  When I attended last year's Write2Ignite conference, I went to Jean Matthew Hall's discussion, What is a Picture Book. One of her main points was that a true picture book tells the…

Decisions, Decisions

Here's a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We'll be posting a teaser page each  Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/   Kim Peterson - Deepen Your Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels In this hands-on workshop, explore how to make…

Pitch Your Picture Book through a Twitter Party!

"For what event would you pack an ax, a vial of serum, and dog booties? Racing in the Iditarod! Find out what else mushers pack. #PBPitch #NF" "Jersey wishes she had spots like the other cows, so she knits herself a spotted sweater, and all the other cows want one too. #PBPitch #H" The above…

Ten Things NOT to Do When Writing a Picture Book

Do you have a picture book in the works? If so, you know picture books are a lot harder to write than most people think. Whether you’re just starting to write your manuscript or are in the final stages of revision, here are some things not to do: Don't write down to children. Children are…

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