Recipe for a Picture Book

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

Ingredients:

1 cup originality

2 cups imagination

½ cup rhythm and rhyme (rhyme optional)

½ cup creative wordplay

2 tsp.humor

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.

Check out these posts:

9 Factors that Make a Picture Book Successful

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6 Small Changes to Help You Reach Your Writing Goals 

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