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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Today at 06:20 PM »
Laura, I've never heard of the Saturday Evening Post's Children's magazines. Can you provide a title or link?

Your poem is sweet and nostalgic. It doesn't read like a work for children to me. A. A. Milne's poems have the same feel, so you're in good company. I just don't know that his work would sell for kids in today's market either.

To select poems for a book, first decide how long you want it to be. Next look for common themes in your work or something else that might tie poems together. Or pick poems that together tell something of a story. (It can be a story in the loosest sense.)

It's also a good idea to have your work critiqued if you haven't already. We have a critique area and an area for finding critique partners.

Other than that, The Book is a great resource for many things.

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by laura-shanley on Today at 02:30 PM »
I haven't but I will. Thanks, Harold!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book classes
« Last post by HaroldU on Today at 01:55 PM »
Excellent suggestions so far!

As a different option, I suggest Ann Whitford Paul's Writing Picture Books, which is like a picture book writing course in a book (the link takes you to my detailed review of it).

Also, I don't know what's at the Highlights Foundation right now, but you should check there too. They offer a number of picture book courses and workshops over the course of the year.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by HaroldU on Today at 01:52 PM »
Have you looked in SCBWI's "The Book"? There is a section of manuscript editors and consultants.
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Picture Books (PB) / Interested in hiring a consultant
« Last post by laura-shanley on Today at 01:21 PM »
I just joined SCBWI. I want to publish a book of my children’s poetry but don’t know which poems to include, how to find an illustrator, or which self-publishing platform to use. Ideally, I would have liked to have the poems published by an established press but after dozens of rejection letters, I feel I might need to put that aside. I did sell one poem to The Saturday Evening Post Magazine Group and it was published in one of their children’s magazines. I also had an adult non-fiction book published by an academic press. So, this gives me hope. Are there consultants I could hire that would give me feedback on my poems and also assist me in this process? Here is my one published poem (I did retain one-time book publishing rights). Thanks!

Laura Ruth has Lost a Tooth

Laura Ruth has lost a tooth
she proudly shows her smile
"When first it's loose," says Laura Ruth
"Just wiggle it a while."

Laura Ruth has lost a tooth
she whistles when she speaks
and when she drinks her orange juice
she often finds she leaks!

Laura Ruth has lost a tooth
and finds it rather funny
that little teeth when placed beneath
a pillow turn to money!

Laura Ruth has lost a tooth
now what are we to do?
Perhaps before the summer ends
a new one will come through
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book classes
« Last post by jeremy-ross1 on Today at 12:10 PM »
Hi K-Yee, For illustrating picturebooks, I find SVS a great resource. They also offer a free trial. Will, Jake and Lee are all professional PB illustrators and have a hilarious podcast too.

https://www.svslearn.com/
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book classes
« Last post by Jessica Miller on Today at 06:01 AM »
I've taken Gotham's Children's Book Writing I and II (online) and they were both very good - I learned a ton and got helpful feedback from the instructor and fellow students. I am currently taking a Picture Book revision course through GrubStreet (online). I'm only two weeks in (out of 8 weeks), so too early to give my review on the course! They also offer an intro to Picture Book writing course. Good luck!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book classes
« Last post by dkshumaker on Today at 05:29 AM »
The Writing Barn offers online courses. Lisa Katzenberger, published author of two picture books, is teaching a class for six weeks/six sessions starting in June. I've not taken her class but she is a good friend and I'm assuming a great teacher. But there are other PB classes there as well. I've taken several one session webinars through the Writing Barn and they were fantastic, so I'm assuming a six session class would be fantastic as well.

Here is a link:
https://www.thewritingbarn.com/upcoming-classes/

I have also heard good things about both Susanna Hill Leonard's classes and Storyteller Academy. But I do not have personal experience with them.
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I'm interested! clozierlcsw@gmail.com
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book classes
« Last post by cabbi-charles on Today at 03:17 AM »
Hi, There are a few children's book courses at citylit.ac.uk, either focused on illustration or writing.  Last I saw they were still running them online.  I would recommend the Picture Book Writing course  (6 weeks) with Andrew Weale.  Really enjoyed it, lots of writing prompts and examples etc
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