Your Guide to Writing a Picture Book, A Writing Guide or Resource Planner to Learn How to Write a Children's Story with a Published Author

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Have you always wanted to write a children's picture book? Learn how with Your Guide to Writing a Picture Book by the award-winning author of thirteen traditionally published children's books including a picture book that's been published in a dozen languages around the globe: For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story. The author also acts as a mentor to other children's writers as the Regional Advisor of a chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In this role she's heard every question a new writer has (and she had them all too, in the beginning). This guide will answer all your questions in detail. Plus, she'll spill all the things you didn't know you needed to know.

This 25-page guide is only $15.95 but is equivalent to the author's half day (and much more pricey) workshop. No filler or fluff from a wanna-be writer here, these are real proven strategies gathered over a 20-year career in writing. If you follow the steps in this planner, you'll have a completed, ready-to-submit picture book text.

Please note this guide is about writing the text for a picture book, not creating art, which isn't necessary as publishers find the illustrator. You'll learn all about why this is in the guide.

We'll cover
* What is a picture book?
* Who is the audience? (Hint: it's probably not who you think it is.)
* Reading level.
*Target word count.
* Whether to rhyme.
* The importance and purpose of page turns.
* How and why you should choose a mentor text to study.
* How and why you should analyze the mentor text's layout.
* Planning your picture book.
* Tips to start writing.
* Formatting your manuscript like a pro.
* How and why you should create a mock-up of your manuscript to help you revise. (This is really important!)
* Revision tips.
* Why you should get critique feedback and who to turn to.
* Benefits and drawbacks of finding an agent or traditional publisher, or self-publishing.


The 25-page guide includes 4 densely packed worksheets to help you reach your goal of writing a picture book.
* Picture Book Study Guide for studying a mentor text.
* Picture Book Planner to help you pre-plan your story.
* Revision Checklist to strengthen your manuscript. (We're talking deep dive, not nitpicking about misplaced commas.)
* Manuscript Formatting Guide for Picture Books.

Finally, there's list of further writing resources to investigate.

Please note this is a pdf download. You will not receive a physical printed copy through the postal mail. You'll get a link to view and print via email and can also access the item through your Etsy account. Please print it from a computer. It isn't designed for phones, especially since you'll want to print the worksheets to use them. If you have any issues with the download, please contact me. I don't give refunds or exchanges on digital purchases, but I will resend it directly to your email if there is a problem.

Thanks for visiting my Etsy shop and supporting the side hustle of a children's writer. I appreciate you! Check out my other writing guides and jewelry for writers here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RebeccaLG?section_id=39377219

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