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Title: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: LaurenN0227 on January 27, 2016, 11:13 AM
I'm trying to get back into writing after a baby hiatus and am finding that I've been inspired to write PBs in different styles. I'm wondering how this would relate to ultimately landing an agent, since most in this area seem to want several PBs ready when you submit. By way of example: I would say Bob Shea books tend to be humorous, while Nancy Tillman books are soft and sweet. What if you're a writer who writes books like Bob and Nancy? Should you focus on one "style" to the exclusion of others so that you have a cohesive voice when you approach agents? Do agents want one style from their authors, or do they expect authors to have various types of PBs?

Any thoughts would be appreciated!
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: JodyJS on January 27, 2016, 12:09 PM
Hi Lauren,

My .02 are to write in whatever style suits you. No need to be consistent. Different editors and different houses have different tastes and needs, same with agents. I write sweet and wacky fiction and traditional and contemporary nonfiction. I say do it all if you can!

Jody
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: JulieM on January 27, 2016, 01:12 PM
FWIW, I write in different styles and hope to place differently styled books with different editors and houses. I'm still working on that though!
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: Stephanie Shaw on January 27, 2016, 01:15 PM
There's a reason my bio says I write 'quiet to quirky --- poetry and prose'.  I've been able to publish in various styles. That said, I think if I were to hit on one that screamed 'series!' I'd develop more in one particular style.  But, for now I love writing in different styles. Write what makes you happy! And, congratulations on that very lovely reason for your hiatus! Welcome back!
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: DianaM on January 27, 2016, 03:40 PM
I think it's fine. Personally, I write humorous, character-driven stories but also quieter, lyrical stories. I've sold both. In terms of the creative aspect, I enjoy writing different kinds of stories. Keeps it fresh.

Welcome back!! Happy writing...
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: Betsy on January 27, 2016, 04:58 PM
There was a time when you were expected to write just one kind of book (have a "brand"). But that's breaking down now. I write rhyming pbs, science nonfiction, biographies, lift-the-flap, concept books, historical--all picture books. So go for it.
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: Schriscoe on January 27, 2016, 08:28 PM
Congrats on the baby and welcome back to writing!

I also write and have been published in various styles. My current book is a folklore whereas my upcoming book is a bedtime rhyme. And I write MG. So, write what you want to write and what makes you happy.

Title: Thank you!
Post by: LaurenN0227 on January 29, 2016, 10:43 AM
Thank you all so much for your input. One of the first stories I've been inspired to write is very lyrical, which isn't typically where I end up. Its comforting to hear that I can wander my way around and focus on the stories that speak to me rather than maintaining a certain style/voice. (And thanks for the baby congratulations as well!)
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: Jean Reidy on January 29, 2016, 11:34 AM
Hi Lauren - I'm joining the gang that says you can mix it up. I, too, have been published in different styles - from sweet to snarky. Good luck with your writing but more importantly, enjoy that new baby.
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: koozoo on January 30, 2016, 12:40 PM
I'm happy to hear that writers need not be boxed into one type of book. It's a refreshing attitude.

More about "write your best", and less about branding.  :goodthread
Title: Re: Do Most PB Writers Focus On One "Style" of PB?
Post by: lauriew on January 30, 2016, 01:12 PM
I think it's perfect acceptable these days to not be pigeon-holed. I write picture books that are fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose.