10 Tips for Picture Book Writers

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I have a wonderful efriend–Kath Unsworth–who writes and draws children’s books. She blogs at Miniscule Moments, her take on life and writing, with lots of her original drawings. I had the honor of being a beta reader on one of her children’s books and was blown away. The voice is excellent, the plot perfect for youngers, but what really made the book was the pictures. They were fresh, original, and communicated the written word perfectly.

Which is why I asked Kath to write a post in my Genre series on tips for writing picture books. You’re going to enjoy this article:

picture booksYou Are Never too Old to Learn Something New

I want to thank Jacqui for inviting me over. I am working on my first picture book and it has been an amazing journey of learning. You are never to old to learn. I should know, I am turning fifty…

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About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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17 Responses to 10 Tips for Picture Book Writers

  1. leamuse says:

    Kath, a wonderful post and how kind of you to share your expertise! I’m looking forward to seeing your book published and finding a copy! 🙂 x

    • Thank you
      Lea when the day arrives I will let you know, you encourage me to keep going and today I’m drawing the mean cows.

      • leamuse says:

        Mean cows? Is that where sour cream comes from? 😉
        Just kidding but I couldn’t resist. I do adore your work it speaks to the child I never got to be. Also, I have a new granddaughter (who will soon be five months old) and I have her to think of. It is never too soon to begin reading to them. She will need a copy! 🙂 I will order as soon as you let me know! xx

        • HA!I like that…my deadline to finish images is late sept and then the publishing journey begins…I love sour cream Lea and will never look at my cows the same way again…ps

        • leamuse says:

          Well if there is a French cow among them perhaps it could be Crème fraiche. It tastes just like sour cream… I can see the cow now, beret and all… tee hee. Sorry, I’m having too much fun with this. Please keep us posted as I want one of the first few copies! That goes for both books. 😉

  2. Great response to this, Kath. Thanks so much for addressing this genre. I didn’t even know where to start with it and you’ve made it achievable.

  3. Love that creative process! A very good article; I’m proud of you. Thanks for introducing us to Jacqui, too. It’s so great to be part of a community that is not in competition with each other, but highlights the unique gifts of everyone.

  4. diannegray says:

    This is great, Kath. Very well done indeed 😀

  5. What a fantastic post, Kath! You’re a great teacher. Unfortunately, I’ve got ZERO talent when it comes to drawing. I’d love to write a children’s book, but I’ll have to leave the illustrations to you…the pro!

    • Don’t let that stop you Jill if you have a children’s story inside you, it must come out. Remember most publishers won’t touch a manuscript with the Author supplying their own artwork, so I have a long road ahead of me.

  6. Great article Kath, positive, passionate and encouraging.

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