Sorry for the delay SCBWI friends – here, at last, are my notes from the Winchester Conference Picture Book Intensive. The aim was to explore the essential elements that make a breakout picture book with Sarah Frost, Commissioning Editor for picture books at Hodder, and Author/Illustrator Melanie Williamson.
The morning session covered the ESSENTIAL basics:
A great title should be memorable, intriguing and match the tone of your story. Rhyme or alliterate, highlight the theme of your book, try and use the main characters name, is there a catchy refrain from your story that you could use? e.g Time for Bed, Sleepy Head Be short snappy specific. Check to see if your title has been used before! Be immediate – get attention fast.
2. Popular themes:
Importance of kindness/sharing
First experiences of toddlers and things they’ll face…
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