Links for Picturebook Makers

Following up the last post – Dear First-time Picturebook Author –  here are the links I promised. 

Great tips from the experts:

Joyce Dunbar  http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/writing/writing-tips/36/

Mem Fox  http://memfox.com/for-writers-hints/  and then clink on the articles underneath- Quick and Snappy, 20 dos and don’ts, Even more Advice

Malachy Doyle on how not to write a picture book http://picturebookden.blogspot.ie/2014/08/dont-do-it-how-not-to-write-picture.html?spref=fb

Lots of writers give their thoughts on picturebooks to Marilyn Singer:  http://marilynsinger.net/onwriting/what-makes-a-good-young-picture-book/

Emma Blackburn, Bloomsbury:        https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/327/dedicated-genre-advice/writing-for-children/

 

On writing in rhyme:

http://picturebookden.blogspot.ie/2013/10/to-rhyme-or-not-to-rhyme-by-natascha_3.html?spref=fb                                                                                                      and  http://nosycrow.com/blog/rhyming-picture-books

 

If you live in Ireland:

Children’s Books Ireland is a great source for info/links and conferences on writing for children: http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/

SCBWI Ireland is a branch of the huge international organisation. They run courses, conferences etc.   http://scbwiireland.wordpress.com/

 

A useful book:

The Children’s Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook. It lists publishers and agents and also has articles on various writerly things. This year’s should be in your local library. https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/store

 

Also:

Tips for Dummies http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-childrens-books-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html

Why are there 32 pages in most picturebooks? Here’s an explanation: http://writersrumpus.com/2013/09/24/why-thirty-two-pages/

 

B/W photo © Róisín White

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