In Which I Give Picture Book Writers Their Props

Yes, I just used the word "props." You can gag me with a spoon and give me the 411 later.

I'm working on a picture book. While I primarily think of myself as a novelist now, I began my writing journey focusing on picture books, and I still L-O-V-E them. There's a picture book writer in me yet, gnawing its way out occasionally. I've had the idea for this story several months, but it wasn't until a few days ago that the characters started speaking to me...and making me laugh. (That's when I know I have to commit something to paper, when I start giggling at inopportune moments during the day.)

There's such a skill and finesse to writing picture books. The reader needs to fall in love with the characters, cheer them, laugh with them, bite a few fingernails for them...all in less than 750 words. Ahem. That is no small feat.

Now for my plea: Anyone out there write picture books and interested in a swap? I promise no tooth fairies, Santa Clauses, talking bunnies, or doting grandmas were inflicted upon my word document.


Also, if you haven't entered my Still a Cheapskate Giveaway yet, why not, silly? (Oh, and I'm enjoying the bonus answers immensely, by the way. I'll share some next week.)

7 comments:

  1. I love that you're writing a picture book. When my children were small and we read a lot of picture books, I always wanted to write one. I can't imagine how hard it would be! I would even talk to my husband about it because he is an amazing drawer. He informed me that a good drawer did not equal a good illustrator...but his childhood dream was to be a comic book artist. (He's good enough) So I couldn't get why he wasn't interested! lol If I wrote them, I would want them to be just like Kevin Henkes books. I *LOVE* his books. Love.

    How do you even go about querying that? Obviously there is a way, it fascinates me.

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  2. I wish I could connect you to one of my CPs who has a published picture book, but she's stepping away from kidlit for a while to write a nonficiton book about juggling creative life and motherhood (which is bound to be fantastic!) Sigh. You'd love Kathye, she's so upbeat and smart.

    Are you in SCBWI? Does your chapter have a bulletin board or listserv where you can solicit critiquers?

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  3. Picture books intimidate me. I don't know if I could get something interesting and entertaining across in so few words. Sounds like a great undertaking though.

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  4. Very cool! I'd be interested in swapping! Let me know @ kellyhoeckelberg@msn.com!

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  5. Dude, writing a picture book is so much more work than you think. They definitely deserve props!

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  6. Who doesn't still love a picture book? I don't think we outgrow them. Do we?

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  7. I'm echoing Laurel: SCBWI is a great resource, and totally worth it, being the go-to place for getting published in children's books. Not that I'm published yet, ha! I'd be interested in a swap, too. faithpray.blogspot.com

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