04/05/2012 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

How to Write A Children's Picture book

b90a7243-e9cb-4a0f-8f7e-57346872a89b

A picture book is one aimed at very young children in the two to five year-old age group which usually runs to around 32 pages with a word count seldom more than 500 words.

That may sound simple enough to write, but in fact it has to conform to very tightly defined conventions – partly because of the need for it to appeal to an international market. It is the co-editions in overseas markets that often make it economic for the extensive use of colour illustrations in the picture book.

Andrea Shavick has written several children’s picture books, and in her how-to book she explains the demands of the market: how to structure your picture book, what subject matter to choose, how to handle it in terms of storyline, characterisation and dialogue, and how to sell your idea to a publisher.

If you feel this is a market you would like to tackle, her book could save you years of learning the hard way.

 

Back to Bookshop

04/05/2012 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Bookshop

Apple Insider - An Englishman in New York by C T Sullivan

Apple Insider is the informative and, at times, hilarious account of the author’s adventure in Manhattan. ...


From Little Acorns by Pam Corsie

This is a story of my maternal family line, from my great-grandparents, who were born in the middle of the ...


The Gardening Club by John Boman

We all like to have a good moan when we get together with friends, putting the world to rights. So it is with ...


The Autumn Murders by S J Ridgway

Autumn 1888, the time of the Whitechapel Murders when five unfortunate women are murdered in a similar ...


Other Bookshop in this category

Apple Insider - An Englishman in New York by C T Sullivan

Apple Insider is the informative and, at times, hilarious account of the author’s adventure in Manhattan. ...


From Little Acorns by Pam Corsie

This is a story of my maternal family line, from my great-grandparents, who were born in the middle of the ...


The Gardening Club by John Boman

We all like to have a good moan when we get together with friends, putting the world to rights. So it is with ...


The Autumn Murders by S J Ridgway

Autumn 1888, the time of the Whitechapel Murders when five unfortunate women are murdered in a similar ...