Imagine the delicious smell of homemade brownies wafting through the house. Your senses are piqued. A well-written picture book should do the same. If all the ingredients meld together perfectly, you’ll be dying for more of the same.
A picture book recipe.
Preheat your brain to 350 degrees
1 cup originality
2 cups imagination
½ cup rhythm and rhyme (rhyme optional)
½ cup creative wordplay
1 T. Grab-Your-Heart Seasoning
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Arrange mixture on paper. Bake until it springs to life.
Note: There are some foods that taste much better the next day, and then there are foods that have lost all their appeal the day after. Manuscripts are a bit like this. Before sending your work to an agent or editor, a good rule of thumb is to let it rest. In a few weeks, you may find it hasn’t lost its appeal and still shines like the top of the Chrysler Building, or you may find it stinks! Let it season.
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