How to Start a Picture BookStarting a picture book
Making a fantastic picture book
Bloomsbury Publishing's picture book editor Emma Blackburn gives you the best advice for getting your picture book off the ground. Have a look at some of the beautiful picture booklets available in your own picture book store, your own bookshop and your own picture book.
It will help you get a sense of the kind of story that works and will open your eye to a fantastic selection of illustrative style and color. Have a look at many picture book for your inspirations. Textbooks can be about anything. Who' s going to be your main protagonist?
Where'?s your storyline going to play? Many different picture book characters: extraterrestrials, beasts, mammals, kids, wildlife, pets. Select your most powerful and attractive personality and think about how he/she might behave. With what kind of personality would your protagonist be friendly? It' important that your reader likes your personality, so make sure your personality is designed to keep the reader on the hook and want to know more.
Consider a name that says something about the persona or characteristics of your characters or perhaps gives a hint about the game. This is how DINO-BABY by Mark Sperring and Sam Lloyd recounts the tale of a little miniature cubs and his whole extended kin. Consider other quests for the noncharacter you are working on.
Remember a powerful name and a range of adventure for your characters. It is important that every page of your book causes your readers to turn the next page. The tale in Yasmeen Ismail's FRED FOR BED follows a roguish hound named Fred and his attempts to prevent him from bed.
Every time the book is distributed, there is something fun that keeps the readers on the hook until Fred at last setstles down in the sack. Consider page-turning scenario for your book. Ensure you know where your history is going right from the start. Find out if you can think of an unforeseen turn at the end of your book.
This is the first thing your readers will see when he picks up the book. Consider a powerful picture that says something about what the book is about, and also an picture that is focussed and not too preoccupied. In general, a frame works better than a sequence. The songs should also be jagged and give a feeling for the history.
Your book's artwork and layout should mirror and work with your history. Text, artwork and designs should be harmoniously matched to provide a pleasant reading-enjoyment. The picture book by Lauren Child is a good example of interesting, inventive designs in line with a powerful text and an inventive illustrative styli.
Ensure that the designs and artwork work with the text to provide a pleasant reading-enjoyment. The majority of picture book are 32 pages long. In the ideal case the storyline should run over 12-13 spreadings. Make your history jagged and interesting - try not to spell more than 700-800 words. Present your book to as many people as possible, including your parent, teacher and family.
Making your own picture book is a challenge, but worthwhile!