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Picture Books (PB) / Is this a good idea for a PB?
« Last post by anna-paulson on November 25, 2022, 01:46 PM »
This story came to me as I was knitting a sweater for my dad's Christmas present.  Please note this idea hasn't been completely ironed out. 

The working title is: The Perfect Gift

The story is about a boy named James who is trying to find his mother the perfect birthday present.  James can't find it until he learns his mother's favorite hat, which was knitted by her grandmother, is ruined.  He tries to  have his neighbor make a new one, but the neighbor is going out of town the next day.  However,  the neighbor can give him the items to knit a new hat and offers to teach him how to knit, so James can make it himself.  James knits the hat, but it doesn't look as nice as the one his great-grandma made.  Without anything else to give, James gives the hat to his mother while saying he is sorry that it isn't perfect.  But his mother says it is the perfect gift because it was made by her son who learned a new skill too.

The End

This story feels right for a picture book, but I can't be sure.  I'm also stuck on how the hat is ruined. 

All thoughts and comments are welcome.
Thanks for reading
Kidlit Genres / Re: How to Pitch This?
« Last post by stefanie-tatalias on November 22, 2022, 07:08 PM »
When you say the book is illustrated...are you the illustrator? I see you have a put a lot of time and effort into the project, with so many books already written...are you complete married to the work you have already written? I am wondering if this whole project might make a great graphic novel, targeted at either YA or MG. Then the PB element would wind up being the first few pages. Of course you would need to be versed and interested in graphic novels, as well as interested in rewriting. Sometimes great ideas need a different format to reach their target audience.
Thanks all for great feedback. I have a style of creating dioramas which I photograph and then adapt in Photoshop so all this is encouraging. Good point about looking dated! I don't plan to have photos of any people/children just objects/figures. Really helpful. I'm going to look up the books everyone has mentioned!

I just want to say, as an editor, that I feel this is an entirely viable approach. If you want examples, see this fall's Come On In! There's a Party in this Book by Jamie Michalak, with charming diorama illustrations by Sabine Timm.

I agree. As I fine art photographer I have recently self-published two children's PB books using photography to illustrate the visual narrative.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: My blog posts about craft of writing picture books
« Last post by cara-stevens on November 14, 2022, 03:47 PM »
Lovely resource! I subscribed :)
Picture Books (PB) / Re: What to do next?
« Last post by doni-books on November 10, 2022, 05:21 PM »
Dear Jody and Debbie, thank-you for your replies, you have given me much to think about. Cheers
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Examples of picture book dummies?
« Last post by Vijaya on November 09, 2022, 03:50 PM »
Debbie Ohi has a lot of resources on her website:
I found this doing a visual search:
Happy browsing! And good luck with your dummy.
Contests and Challenges / NaNoWriMo 2022
« Last post by JFriday on November 09, 2022, 01:35 PM »
Anybody else doing NaNoWriMo this year? I jumped in a couple of days late with a MG I'd started already (I know, it's cheating but it's helping me get it written). I did NaNo in 2019 from scratch and learned yes, I need to outline a bit, I can't just start writing without knowing where I'm going. But from that I have a fairly workable first draft for my next series, and this NaNo is a 2nd novel in a Christian MG series I don't have out yet.

Anyone want to jump in with me?  :horse2
Picture Books (PB) / Re: How many pages in a picture book?
« Last post by DonnaMiller on November 09, 2022, 11:54 AM »
Thank you both! Thinking in terms of 13, 14, or 15 page spreads is helpful.

Picture Books (PB) / Examples of picture book dummies?
« Last post by jublin on November 09, 2022, 11:49 AM »
Hello! I'm currently in the process of finishing a picture book dummy to send out to agents and I was wondering if there was a resource where others have shared previous examples. Or maybe just snippets from their dummy book?

I'm unsure of how polished the sketches should be. Outside of a couple finished pages, should the rest of the book be... loose thumbnails? detailed sketches? grayscale layouts with backgrounds? 

Any advice would be MUCH appreciated!
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