Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication

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Writers will learn the writing and revision process that will lead them to creating more salable picture book manuscripts. Respected picture book author Ann Whitford Paul covers researching the picture books market, creating characters, point of view, plotting, tips on writing rhyme, and more – all the lessons writers need to write great picture books that will appeal to both editors and agents, as well as young readers and parents.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582975566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582975566
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great overview of PB writing – particularly useful for revision

One person found this helpful.
 on September 12, 2015
By ACA
This book is an overview but it is an extremely useful roadmap to writing/revising a picture book. I particularly liked her chapter on making a physical dummy during the revision process. My one gripe would be that there are several typos in the book – it could have gone through another editing pass. However, none of that diminishes the actual usefulness of the book. (A suggestion – if this book is updated, in addition to correcting the typos, I would strongly recommend using different cover art because the existing artwork makes the book look very old-fashioned. I actually passed over the book for many years because of that. Fortunately, I followed the recommendation of a fellow writer recently and read it.)

A tutorial for picture book writing

3 people found this helpful.
 on August 3, 2011
By Lisa Ard
If you don’t have access to a picture book writing class, or even if you do, this is the book for you. Step by step, Ann Whitford Paul leads one on the journey of writing a picture book, from how to generate ideas to how to target publishers and promote your book. Each chapter ends with an exercise for the budding writer to try on their manuscript. A couple chapters into the book I thought I should takes notes. By the end I figured out that this is a book to own. It’s full of resources, tips and ideas that I’ll return to again and again while writing.

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2011
By researcher
This is easily the best book on writing picture books that I have ever read. The author is detailed and precise concerning all that goes into creating a great picture book. Not only does she show how to write and rewrite, but she also lets the reader know that writing a great book is not as easy as it may look to the casual reader. She also shares the dedication that a budding writer must have to succeed as well as what is expected after a publisher accepts the book for publication. A terrific book! Delivery was prompt and the book was in perfect condition. 5 stars

Wonderful book

 on September 6, 2017
By Hanna
This is such a good book. Practical and easy to follow along with. I will use it as a text book and format for completing all my stories. Thank you, to the author.

A much-needed book on writing picture books

52 people found this helpful.
 on December 25, 2009
By children's book lover
There are many books about how to write for children, but most of them try to cover board books to young adult novels, even how to illustrate. Thankfully, this book focuses on picture book writing and does an excellent job of it.

I’ve been attending a forum in Julie Hedlund’s 12 X …

One person found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2017
By mitch
I’ve been attending a forum in Julie Hedlund’s 12 X 12 group (an extraordinary group of children’s book writers / illustrators / published or not). We been diving in, chapter by chapter and the experience is bar none. Thank you for making it so clear and non-scary! ~Yvette

A must-have for every picture book writer

 on September 13, 2017
By Madeline
An excellent book for both novices and experienced writers. Whitford Paul is clear, concise and really funny!

THE best guide to writing children’s book that I have found

 on July 28, 2017
By Debra Johnson
THE best guide to writing children’s book that I have found. I recommend this book often to my friends and colleagues. The book is well organized, easy to follow, and contains tons of hands-on helpful information. I am wearing out the cover!

Great book

One person found this helpful.
 on December 15, 2016
By Nicole Rusk
Very informative and helpful to get u started writing children’s books. Thank you. Excellent seller and fast shipping! ❤️

Five Stars

 on September 30, 2017
By Amazon Customer
great information for writers

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