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Writer's Room => Picture Books (PB) => Topic started by: Arp Laszlo on February 01, 2019, 10:18 AM

Title: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: Arp Laszlo on February 01, 2019, 10:18 AM
My main interest is writing graphic novels, aimed at (mostly) MG. I also have one idea for a PB that's been simmering for years, and I don't have any others planned.

I see that the recommendation is that one should have 3 PB manuscripts before shopping them. That of course makes sense, any agent or publisher will want to know that a creator is no one trick pony.

Of course, that leaves me as a one-trick pony. It's possible that I could make more PBs but I don't have other ideas at the moment, and my one idea is basically an extended fart joke. So I'm uncertain how or whether I should pursue the idea at all.
Title: Re: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: Brian Garrison on February 01, 2019, 10:33 AM
There are a number of successful one-off PBs that come from writers who focus in other areas. If you are primarily focusing on the graphic novels, I'd suggest you use that form to build your platform and name recognition. This will give you a stable base to branch out.
Title: Re: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: Arp Laszlo on February 01, 2019, 12:04 PM
Thanks, that's a good approach.
Title: Re: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 01, 2019, 08:19 PM
There are a number of successful one-off PBs that come from writers who focus in other areas. If you are primarily focusing on the graphic novels, I'd suggest you use that form to build your platform and name recognition. This will give you a stable base to branch out.

This is exactly what I was going to say.
Title: Re: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: marla-lesage on February 02, 2019, 03:55 AM
Yes! And you never know one good turn into more. I believe that the difference between a graphic novel and a picture book is small.
Title: Re: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: kwlarson on February 02, 2019, 07:45 AM
The three manuscript guideline only pertains to querying agents. You can certainly sub to publishers (who are open) with a single manuscript.
Title: Re: If I'm only interested in making one picture book, should I even bother?
Post by: Arp Laszlo on February 03, 2019, 07:56 AM
Thanks everybody! I do believe that the difference between GNs & PBs is small. Some GNs are very much like PBs and some PBs (like many of Ben Clanton's) are basically comics. They're both fun mediums.