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How to Write a 500-Word Picture Book

A Step-by-Step Process for Writing a Fully Developed Story

Picture book texts are getting shorter. In fact, many agents and editors have put a 500-word limit on new picture book manuscripts. But how do you write a story -- complete with fully-developed characters, a plot with a beginning, middle and end, and page-turning action -- in 500 words?

This workshop from Picture Book Summit 2015 contains a 45-minute video with Laura Backes walking you step-by-step through the process of creating a 500 word picture book, and giving you examples of several published picture books to study. You'll leave this workshop with fill-in PDF worksheets to start crafting your own picture book story of 500 words or less.

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Your Instructor


Laura Backes
Laura Backes

Laura Backes is publisher of Children's Book Insider, The Children's Writing Monthly and co-founder of The Children's Writing Knowledge Base, an online membership community for aspiring and published children's authors (www.CBIClubhouse.com).

She is also co-creator of www.writeforkids.org, a site about children's books and the publishing industry, and Picture eBook Mastery (www.pictureebookmastery.com), a course on how to use Amazon's KDP Kids' Book Creator software to create illustrated ebooks for children.

A 27-year veteran of the publishing industry, Laura has worked in publicity, subsidiary rights, and as a literary agent and freelance editor. She's the author of Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read (Random House), and technical editor of Writing Children's Books for Dummies (Wiley). Her articles have been featured in The Writer and Writer's Digest magazines, the 2012 edition of Children's Writer's and Illustrators' Market, and she has consulted on children's apps created for branded characters by www.LivoBooks.com.

Laura lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband/business partner Jon, and their teenage son Matt.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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