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
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.
Get started on your next manuscript today!
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.