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February 2017

Stuck on Oliver Jeffers

Ever try to solve a problem by throwing more things at it?

Every day, if you’re like me.

In Oliver Jefferss picture book Stuck, this is what Floyd tries to do when he gets his kite trapped in a tree.

Oliver Jeffers, international picture books sensation, has done several picture books that I own and recommend:

But Stuck (for ages 3 and up) might be my favorite among them. It’s a laugh out loud story that you won’t mind reading to your children once, twice, or ten times a night.  And if you are a push over like me, you know you will…..

So you want to write a Picture Book?

(As mothers or fathers:) How many times have you picked up one of your children’s picture books, sat on the bed to read it to them, and thought, “hell, I could write this.”

It’s basically a cute bear, a huggable rabbit, or a goodnight moon….keep it under 500 words and voila!

Who knows, maybe you have a FANTASTIC and ORIGINAL idea that no one else has come up with yet?

But writing a Picture Book is a lot harder than it sounds. There are a ton of rules and publishing (like anything else) follows trends.  What was once in favor now, might not be “sellable” tomorrow.

For instance, try just TRY to sell your Teen Vampire Love Story or your S&M Romance Novel?  Publishers and the market, as a whole, are just sick sick sick of them.

Querying agents and publishers takes a lot of time. How do you know if what you’ve written is ready to send?

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