First, I would like to thank you, Meg, for inviting me to do this interview and for starting the fabulous ReviMo - Revise More Picture Books Week challenge. Thank you Alayne!
Can you tell us about yourself?
Can you tell us about your picture book writing journey?
What is your revision process?
- Initial draft: I let the story flow naturally.
- I read through and correct anything that doesn’t seem to flow smoothly. I always try to read aloud.
- One of my final steps is to look for any areas where I might be able to cut words.
- For a list of things I look for when polishing my manuscripts, please visit my blog.
- I submit the story to critique partners and start editing based on their comments. Because I belong to several critique groups, I might submit the story several times. Some of my critique groups tend to give more general comments, others give a more detailed analysis, and others fall somewhere in between. I submit to the group that seems to work best for the level of my manuscript. For example, if it is a first polished draft, I might send it to the group that gives general comments. If I think it is near ready for submission, I might send it to the group that does detailed analysis. If I am struggling in a certain area, I might send it to the group that will give strong opinions on how they might solve the issue. And then I revise accordingly.
How has having an agent altered your revision process?
You have a wonderful group called Sub Six. Can you tell us a bit about it and how you came up with the idea?
LINKS for Alayne:
Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa http://tinyurl.com/m2oh7vy
Sub Six FB page http://www.facebook.com/groups/SubSix/
Thank you Alayne! I love your dream list. If your 7 aren't on mine, I'm adding them!