the secret–writing the perfect picture book
Technical difficulties, my little doves, kept me from posting on ye olde blogge yesterday. And today, for that matter. I will make this short and oh-so sweet.
I found Flip Footage from our last KSCBWI workshop, in March. Sandy Asher did a humdinger of a job speaking on picture books. Sandy is a jack-of-all trades, as you will find out in this brief clip. (Also, you will see she is soft-spoken. Press thine ear unto your speakers.)
First she tells us the secret of success in the publishing business:
Now, Sandy has chosen to eschew this advice. (Bless you. Handkerchief?) But I think I’m going to more or less employ it.
I went to this picture book workshop not because I write picture books–(A-HAHAHAHAHA!)–oh! my side–but because I want to be a better critiquer for my group. I took copious notes and really tried to wrap my head around what makes a great picture book. And then…
Sandy dropped the words that made the heavens open.
She shared the advice that Sue Alexander had shared with her, when Sandy was just starting out.
Picture books have to appeal to the littlest listeners,
older kids and the adults who have to read the damn
things over and over and over again.
There it is, in one sentence. The litmus test to know whether or not you have produced a great picture book.