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!
038 - Sophisticated Storytelling
"Don't be too preachy in your writing!" You may have heard it many times before, but how? Try leveling up with sophistication.
Julie Hedlund discusses the sparkle of sophisticated humor in picture books, where to find great examples of it, and how to incorporate it in your own writing.
037 - Pacing and Shorter Texts
Author Katie Davis spells out why pacing is important for good picture book manuscripts in today's market, analyzes examples of pacing in some of her favorite picture books, and reveals various methods for achieving excellent pacing in shorter texts.
036 - The Verse Curse with Julie Hedlund
They say that if you want to get published, don't write rhyming picture book manuscripts! But is that really a rule to live by?
Spoiler: Of course not! Julie Hedlund, author of three rhyming picture books and Co-Founder of the Picture Book Summit, shares how to write rhyming manuscripts that will actually sell.
035 - A Brief History of Picture Books
Emma Walton Hamilton unearths a brief history of picture books including how Randolph Caldecott started the genre by creating illustrations that helped to tell the story instead of the pictures simply reflecting what's in the text. Emma shares how picture books evolved from morality tales to books for "naughty children" and books that break the rules and meet children where they are. It's the best kind of history lesson for picture book creators.
034 - Betsy Bird - Constructing the Perfect Picture Book Read-Aloud
What makes a great read-aloud?
Join author and librarian Betsy Bird for an entertaining look examination of what separates the good picture book read-alouds from the great picture book read-alouds. Librarians have always known that picture books can often break down into two groups: one-on-one titles and read-aloud titles. One-on-ones are great for getting snuggly at bedtime, but if you want to engage a large crowd of kids, you need a text that pops in an entirely different way. Betsy breaks down some of the most successful read-alouds, from classics to lesser known titles and more recent favorites.
Hold on to your seat because this is one thrilling ride!
033 - Query Letters that Worked
Listen in as Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Hedlund share their submission expertise and give you the key components of a killer query letter and plus top tips for improving your own query letter. You’ll leave this episode with actionable items you can apply immediately to your own queries. Get ready to polish those queries until they shine brighter than you thought possible.
Love the short format with snippets of extremely useful information. Thanks and can’t wait to hear more.
I love this podcast, however...
Could you add episodes more often and make this podcast longer than 10-20 minutes? I’m excited to hear from more picture book author and artists, especially while we stay home. Thank you!