Welcome to the Picture Book Summit Podcast where we share insight on the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing picture books from the industry’s best and brightest. Each episode is an excerpt from a keynote or presentation given at Picture Book Summit, the annual world-class online conference for picture book writers and illustrators around the globe that takes place every October. Our goal is to help you reach your next writing Summit, whether that’s finishing a draft, completing your 18th revision, landing an agent or getting your book published!
The Bridge Between Pictures and Story with Matthew Cordell
Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell helps us find the magic of picture books as he explores the bridge between text and image by breaking down successful books. Matthew even shares his struggle with finding the bridge in his early work. Join us for this magical ride.
Revision First Steps with Laura Backes and Emma Walton Hamilton
In this episode, Laura Backes and Emma Walton Hamilton team up to give you tips on approaching the first big revision of your first draft. Listen as they dig deep into revision first steps by taking you on a tour of the first act of a fiction picture book and a nonfiction picture book to show what your manuscript needs at the beginning of the story to get started on a firm foundation.
Finding and Developing Ideas with Brenda Bowen
Brenda Bowen represents national and international bestselling authors and illustrators including Newbery and Caldecott award winners. She is also a children’s author with over 40 books under her belt under the name Margaret MacNamara. In Brenda’s presentation, she spoke with her author hat on about how she finds and develops ideas and how sometimes, necessity can be the mother of invention. She also touches on the key components to a query letter. Don’t miss getting the inside scoop from this agent.
Capturing Inspiration with Kate McMullan
In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Kate McMullan, bestselling author of over 100 books for kids, including the I STINK series. In her presentation, Kate talks about inspiration, where you can find it and how to capture it when it strikes.
STEAMpower: Bringing Nonfiction to Life with Stephen Swinburne
Through humor and storytelling, veteran nonfiction author Stephen Swinburne takes us into the heart of narrative nonfiction storytelling with solid tips and tricks for writing STEM and STEAM manuscripts, including what editors are looking for in today’s market.
Your First 1,000 Readers with Katie Davis
How can you actually connect with your readers? Get your books into more hands? It’s a challenge, especially when it seems like thousands of new books are published every day. In this episode, Katie Davis shares how she's used her platform and marketing strategies to sell over 755,000 copies of her traditionally published books and launch two books at #1 on Amazon. She’ll reveal how you can follow the same steps to getting your books in the hands of more readers!