A Children’s Writer Insider Guide from Mentors For Rent – Lisa Bullard and Laura Purdie Salas.
Picture Books the Write Way by Lisa Bullard and Laura Purdie Salas is one of my newest books On My Kindle Shelf. It contains about 40 pages that answer 10 questions that will strengthen my (or your) picture book manuscript.
40 pages is just the right size for me to read, chew on, and apply to a manuscript in an evening.
I’ve been writing picture book manuscripts for several years and seeing steady improvement in my skills. This little volume (Picture Books the Write Way) helped me to shore up some areas where my current manuscript was weak. One of the 10 chapters gave me a key to fixing a major problem with the same manuscript.
Picture Books the Write Way enabled me to focus on some basic areas where I was getting a little sloppy. It helped me to remember the things I’ve been learning about writing picture books.
The 10 questions answered succinctly are:
- “Is It a Short Story Insead?”
- “Does It Lack a Fresh Take?”
- “Is It Too Long?”
- “Is It Unfocused?”
- “Will Young Kids Fail to Relate?”
- “Is It Too Nostalgic?”
- “Is It Too Quiet?”
- “Are There Illustration Issues?”
- “Is Your Meter Imperfect?”
Picture Books the Write Way also contains a useful Revision Checklist.
I highly recommend this little volume and the Mentors For Rent website. It’s more than worth the really small price tag. Mentors For Rent have several little volumes available on Kindle.
I’m getting ready to read Rhyming Picture Books the Write Way. I’ll let you know what I think.
Thanks, Lisa and Laura!