By Creative Writing Now
Have you ever thought of becoming a children’s book author?
Maybe that goal sounds hard to achieve. Publishers receive submissions from thousands of writers a year. If only there were a way to get ahead of the competition… wouldn’t that be great?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could play with an advantage?
Actually, you can! If you learn how to structure a picture book, you will have a huge advantage over the competition.
Most people who try to write for young children don’t really know what they’re doing.
Since the books are short, they think they can just write a cute little story and send it off. In fact, children’s picture books have a very specific structure.
They’re normally 32 pages long, of which about 24-28 pages contain text, sometimes just one or two sentences per page.
They’re also written in a way that will make the illustrator’s job easier (NOTE: Your publisher will hire the illustrator — this generally isn’t something you should try to do yourself!)
Most of the manuscripts sent to publishers are by amateurs who don’t understand the format. These books don’t get published!
If you learn what you’re doing, the competition is much smaller.
So, how do you learn to write a publishable picture book manuscript?
One option is to try to figure it out yourself. You can go to a bookstore or a library and analyze the structure of published picture books (Important: if you do this, you need to look for books that have been published recently — the picture book market has changed a lot over the years).
Or, if you want an easier way, you can take our picture book writing course. That will show you exactly what to do.
If you don’t have an idea for a picture book yet, that’s okay! The course will help you find a marketable idea, and then take you step-by-step through the process of writing a successful picture book.
We’ll be reopening this course for a short time beginning tomorrow. I’ll email you again tomorrow as soon as the doors open.
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