Tag Archives: picture books

An As The Eraser Burns Goodbye to Susan Detwiler

Bummer news: The lovely Susan Detwiler is leaving our blogging team, sniff! With over ten years of volunteer work for our SCBWI MD/DE/WV planning committee and nearly two years with the blog, she has certainly been an amazing asset to our region as well as … Continue reading

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Creating Picture Books

Well, this is the last day of June, and our theme this month has been Picture Books, so I thought I’d write about my understanding of how to create in this genre. I joined the SCBWI in 2003, and it … Continue reading

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The Voice of May

Hello, to lovely May flowers and to you, creators of children’s books! Our theme this month is Keeping it Real – Crafting Authentic Characters and Believable Voice. I have been exploring those ideas as they relate to my genre of … Continue reading

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30 Ways to Gather Picture Book Ideas for PiBoIdMo!

Yesterday was all about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Today’s topic is about the lovely Tara Lazar’s awesome PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, that starts on November 1st! What is it? From Tara’s Website: Why, it’s Picture Book Idea Month! Tired of … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up!

I had a fabulous time at the Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library last Sunday, giving a talk about myself and my career and foibles at our region’s Authors Book Club event. For one thing, I rather enjoy … Continue reading

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Stimulating Creativity

If you are participating in PiBoIdMo, I hope you are having as much fun as I am with the challenge of coming up with a new picture book idea every day. I look over my growing list of ideas and … Continue reading

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Manuscript Illustration Notes

Last month I posted a list of a few of the common pitfalls that picture book writers can fall into, (Picture Book Foibles, Oct 22, 2014) gleaned from my own experience and what I’ve read and learned from editors and … Continue reading

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Halloween Treat: New IC!

Introducing Our New Illustrator Coordinator Happy Halloween, everyone! As some of you may know, I have been the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator since 2007 when I was asked by our then RA, Mona Kerby. It has been a very fun … Continue reading

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Picture Book Foibles

It is a myth that picture books are the easiest children’s books to write. According to Aaron Shepard’s award-winning book, The Business of Writing For Children, “picture books may be the hardest — because they demand conciseness, simplicity, and a … Continue reading

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A Bonanza for Picture Book Creators

I hope you didn’t miss the conference On the Road to Sparkling Children’s Literature last weekend; it was quite a wonderful event! And if, like me, your focus is on picture books — writing or illustrating or both — the … Continue reading

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