Katrina’s Advice

Five Tips on Creating a Picture Book
Write about something new. Things that have been in our lives forever are often the hardest to write about well. Read more

Five Tips on Writing a Picture Book
Don’t force a story. Write the story that’s dancing around your head when you’re doing the dishes or stopped at the traffic lights. Read more

In Answer to Your Email
I’ve read that picture books should have repetition and I think repetition is boring. I’ve read that publishers like stories where children solve their own problems but life’s not always like that, is it? Read more

Why Write Picture Books
One very good reason not to write a picture book: you’re hoping to retire on the royalties. Let’s talk actual figures.  Read more

Advice From Others

(Please note – in Australia many trade publishers accept unagented submissions.)

Tips for Writing for Children
ALAA Agents share their top tips for writing children’s books. Read more

How to Write a Picture Book
Do you have a great idea for a children’s book? Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting that idea published. Read more

Agenting Picture Books
Here’s the thing: A really great picture book is a difficult art to pull off. Read more

Illustration Notes
One of the things I’m asked most often  is whether a picture book author should include illustration notes. Read more

Beware of…
Lately I’ve been seeing more and more business cards attached to unsolicited manuscripts advising me that the writer is someone capable of teaching writing to potential authors. Read more

Advice From Mem Fox
Here are twenty DOs and twenty DON’Ts for writers of picture books. Read more

Building a Frame For Your Story House
Enduring picture books must be about something bigger than a mere incident. The story problem must explore some large theme or issue. Read more

The Pagination Problem
It’s very easy to make your job harder than it already is. Here’s a particularly good way: Read more

Writing Tips –  by Jackie French
No amount of rewriting images and changing paragraphs will help a book if the story, theme and characters aren’t strong enough. Read more

9 Ways to Ruin a Writing Conference
9 ways writers squander writing conference opportunities – and what you can do to make sure you don’t follow suit. Read more

25 Things – Advice for ‘Aspiring’ Writers (Language warning)
Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. If you write: you are a writer. If you do not write: you are not. Read more

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Shares Her Unexpected Secret to Success
The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love explains how she went from county fair flop to international fame. Read more

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