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The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books Kindle Edition
- "I love the intelligence and practicality of 'Nuts and Bolts.' It's also warm, insightful, and very reassuring." Simone Kaplan, editor, consultant and coach, Picture Book People
- "I've been writing picture books for over a decade, and I have never come across a more comprehensive and flat-out enjoyable guide. One of the exercises even led to a recent sale. I give this book five stars, two thumbs up and a standing ovation. Thank you, Linda Ashman!" Tammi Sauer, children's book author
- "Folks, this book MUST go ontoyour virtual shelves. I've read all 150+ pages of it and there is somuch juicy goodness in there it will make your head spin." Julie Hedlund, children's book author and blogger
- "Clearly written, well-organized, and loadedwith practical information, the guide would make an excellent textbookfor creative writing classes and for the do-it-yourselfer." RebeccaBarnhouse, Professor of English, Youngstown State University, andauthor
- "Imagine having a smart, funny friend who's an expert writing coach. . . . I can't imagine a better tool for getting started than the exercises and recommendations in this brilliant, comprehensive guide." Sally Phillips, author, Nonsense!
- "Linda manages to impart a veritable wealth of information, as well as motivating, inspiring, and encouraging her readers all along the way." Kathleen Pelley, author, Raj, the Bookstore Tiger
- "This one's a beauty--nine chapters worth of clearly presented, insightful, practical writing advice." Jama Rattigan, blogger, Jama's Alphabet Soup, and author
- "A must-have tool for the serious picture book writer." Susanna Leonard Hill, children's book author and writingteacher at Making Picture Book Magic
From the Author
- ASIN : B00FSOUF9Y
- Publication date : September 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 794 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 184 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #813,798 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The resource is Linda Ashman's book The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Linda is a wonderful picture book writer whose work I admire. Twice I've been told by editors my work reminded them too much of a certain other author whom they already published. Once it was Douglas Florian, and the other time it was Linda Ashman. I was flattered both times. Anyway, you might know that Lisa Bullard and I have a book called Picture Books the Write Way, which addresses 10 of the most common problems picture book writers have. I love that book and am proud of it! BUT if you're wondering about picture books and how to get started writing one, Linda's book is the one you want. It takes you through all the basics, as promised, in a friendly, unintimidating but informative way, using plenty of examples to demonstrate various qualities or aspects of picture books.
In fact, even if you are already writing picture books regularly, I recommend Linda's book. It's funny, because I did not learn any brand new information in the book, but Linda's way of organizing her info and thinking about different aspects of picture books helped me see some of my own manuscripts in a new light. The Building a Story chapter was the one that I personally got the most out of. That's always the way with good books or presentations. It might not be something new. But it helps you see something in a new WAY.
Combining this book with a spreadsheet analysis of plot structures of some of my favorite picture books helped me come to a better understanding of where my own manuscripts were falling short and, more importantly, how to fix it.
I'm excited to say I wrote a brand new picture book manuscript early this week and took it to my crit group on Tuesday. And they did not criticize the structure! The plot itself worked (though of course there's plenty of work yet to do on characterization, word choice, etc. But the structure of the book is sound. I feel like this is a milestone in my journey to selling a fiction picture book. Thank you, Linda, and thank you to the authors whose picture books I've been analyzing!