“So You Want to Write a Picture Book” by Joan Y. Edwards
Before beginning say the following affirmations: three times: I can write a great picture book. My picture book gets published. The illustrations in my book are outstanding. My publisher and I sell more than a hundred thousand copies of my picture book.
Picture books are stories usually have illustrations on every page of the book. If there are 32 pages in the whole book, the story usually begins after the title page, copyright page, and dedication page. The illustrations help to tell the story. Without some of the pictures, the reader might not understand the story. In other words, the text depends on the illustrations to explain part of the story. An author can both write the story and draw the illustrations, or one person can write the story while a different person illustrates it.
Karen Cioffi shared that author, Claire Saxby quoted a publisher’s definition of a picture book as “40% words, 40% illustration, and 20% X-factor.”
How to Write a Picture Book Step 1 Read 100 picture books.
Write a complete story in (Pages with no story (Title page, back of title page (Copyright page), dedication, back of dedication page (picture) 1 single page, 24 double-spread pages, and 1 single last page)8 of the pages out of 24 pages with a beginning, middle, and end.
Use between 500 and 800 words. Some publishers allow more words; others want less.
Write a character-based story with a character faced with a problem, trying the solve the problem and failing, and then solving the problem by changing something inside them.
Write another type of picture book: Concept or Slice of Life or Non-Fiction.
Use colorful illustrations to help tell the story and add to its enjoyment.
Some editors like good rhyming. Others don’t
Some editors like slice of life stories. Others don’t.
Step 3. Don’t have your picture book critiqued until it is finished and you, yourself, have edited and revised it three times. Step 4. Have your story critiqued by your writing group. Revise and change only ideas you agree with 100 per cent. When you have a quality manuscript, go to Step 5. Submit Your Quality Picture Book Manuscript to a Publisher, Editor, Agent, or Contest