Although this post is primarily aimed at those self-publishing picture books, there are some valid points in this post for all picture book writers to consider.
A great an in-depth overview on the various elements that go into writing a picture book. I love the diagram included at the end.
Casey McCormick has compiled a post on appropriate word counts for picture books based on her knowledge as an agent intern and research (she lists her sources at the end of the post if you want to check them out).
A list of common errors picture book writers make.
Although this post is meant to be a teaching tool for young readers/writers in the classroom, it’s a great post for writers of picture books as well. It focuses on the basic structures used in picture story books and includes examples of each structure.
An editor gives 5 tips on making your picture book great.
Character development is not just important for novel length manuscripts, it’s important to create fully developed characters for children’s stories and picture books as well.
A must read post for picture book writers on picture book layout and having an awareness of page breaks.
5 great tips for writers of picture books.
A checklist of things you need to do when preparing to send your MS to publishers, specifically for children’s writers.
What picture book writers can do on library/school visits if they only have one published book.
This post covers some common misconceptions and mistakes made by picture book writers and how you can fix/avoid them.
For anyone out there writing or editing a picture book this is a great checklist to refer to, from the editors of Children’s Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children’s Writers.
Mara Rockliff talks about writing longer picture books (over 600 words), including important tips for authors to keep in mind when writing a longer picture book.
Children’s author Juliet Clare Bell shares her 7 top tips on how not to write a rhyming picture book.
If you are a picture book writer this is a post well worth reading. These are nine important elements to writing an effective picture book.
6 common mistakes this editor sees made by picture book authors and some advice on how to avoid them.
Links to a four-part interview with Vice President and Editorial Director of HarperCollins Children’s Books and a three-part interview with Golden Books/Random House Editorial Director. Lots of great little nuggets of advice for picture book writers in both interviews.
Children’s book author and editor Tamson Weston consulted with agents on what makes a picture book successful and shared the top five tips for making your submission stand out.
5 quick tips for appealing to early readers as shared by an author of children’s chapter books.