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Title: YouTube videos to picture books?
Post by: Wonky on May 31, 2015, 04:36 PM
Hi everyone.

I haven't posted here in a while...over a year, maybe?

I'd put aside my (unfortunately unsuccessful) writing career to focus on my educational YouTube channel for kids which is now getting around half a million views per day.

My popular videos are basically flash card style, teaching various topics.

I am wondering about approaching picture book publishers about getting some of these made into picture books but not sure how to go about doing this. I'd have built-in advertising as some of these videos get 50k+ views a day.

Any thoughts? Here's the channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheKidsPictureShow

Thanks!
Title: Re: YouTube videos to picture books?
Post by: Shauna LaVoy Reynolds on May 31, 2015, 05:48 PM
Hi, Wonky!
My 3-year-old and I love your videos. I looked them up when you posted here previously and we've been enjoying them ever since.

The music and vocal delivery are a huge part of the charm for me, so I'm not sure we would enjoy them as much on paper. Maybe an interactive app, though?
Title: Re: YouTube videos to picture books?
Post by: Schriscoe on May 31, 2015, 08:05 PM
Wow! so adorable! And your massive amount of views prove that you definitely have a knack for this. Nicely done.

I agree with Shauna about reaching out to some app publishers. I think Nosy Crow does some, and so does Little Bahalia. Julie Hedlund's book is through them. I know there are more and also you should look into Amazon Studios.

Hope this helps and best of luck!
Title: Re: YouTube videos to picture books?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on May 31, 2015, 09:07 PM
In order to approach picture book publishers, you'd have to write a manuscript based on your videos. You'd include a link to the appropriate video along with the number of views it averages in your cover letter. That would be the only difference from the standard submission.

Be sure to consider the page turn and word count and find a format for the books that suits the material. It still has to read like a picture book.

Good luck with whichever option you choose.
Title: Re: YouTube videos to picture books?
Post by: Wonky on June 01, 2015, 07:36 PM
Thanks everyone for you replies.