Below is a little gift, from me to you. I hope it will inspire many revisions!
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You must (to be eligible for prizes):
1. Register (here). Registration closes at midnight CST 1/11/14.
2. Each day you REVISE (you are on the honor system!) January 12-18th and COMMENT on the day's post, you may enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. January 19th, I will have a separate Rafflecopter giveaway for those people who have revised 5+ days.
3. What counts as REVISING? Making significant and thoughtful changes to a Picture Book Manuscript. If you go through and change a few words that doesn't count! I want you to research and DELVE DEEP! Let's rip our MS apart and put together a best seller! *Fingers crossed*
Wordy Bird, "What’s wrong with my picture book text?" http://cleverbirdy.blogspot.com/2013/12/whats-wrong-with-my-picture-book-text.html
Mem Fox, author of Goodnight, Sleep Tight and Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!, "20 Dos and Don'ts," http://memfox.com/for-writers-hints/for-writers-20-dos-and-20-donts/
Ame Dyckman, author of BOY+BOT and Tea Party Rules, on how to cut down PB word count! http://writeroutine.blogspot.com/2012/10/wriwopi-ame-dyckman-and-bot-astic-give.html
Linda Ashman, author of Rain and Peace, Baby, "Rhyme Clinic," http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2013/12/rhyme-clinic-with-linda-ashman.html
"Beyond the Bad Beginning," http://www.juliehedlund.com/linda-ashman-november-12-x-12-featured-author/
Corey Rosen Schwartz, author of Three Ninja Pigs and Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears, "How to Get a Black Belt in Rhyme," http://www.juliehedlund.com/corey-schwartz-august-12-x-12-featured-author/
Alayne Kay Christian, author of Butterfly Kisses, "Revising or Polishing Your Picture Book Manuscript," http://alaynekaychristian.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/revising-or-polishing-your-picure-book-manuscript/
Iza Trapani, author of Haunted Party and Rufus and Friends - School Days, "Rhythm and Pattern in a Picture Book," http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/05/guest-author-iza-trapani-rhythm-and.html
Readability Calculator, http://www.online-utility.org/english/readability_test_and_improve.jsp
What's your favorite blog post on revision?
Feeling bold? How about a Picture Book Dummy?
One way to help see story problems is to make a picture book dummy. If you are like me, this process is much more daunting than it should be.
Take 8 sheets of paper. Fold in half. Staple (outside with regular staple; in the middle if you are a nerd and have a long arm stapler – GUILTY!). Et voilà!
Tara Lazar, "Picture Book Dummy, Picture Book Construction: Know Your Layout," http://taralazar.com/2009/02/22/picture-book-construction-know-your-layout/
Debbie Ridpath Ohi, "Writing and Illustrating a Book for Simon & Schuster," http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/5/15/writing-illustrating-a-picture-book-for-simon-schuster-books.html
Linda Ashman, "The Wisdom of Making Dummies," http://www.howtowritepicturebooks.com/1/post/2013/10/the-wisdom-of-making-dummies.html
Have you made a PB dummy before, was it helpful?
Meg aspires to be an agented, published children's book author. It's one of her goals for 2014, so it's on like DONKEY KONG publishing world! She has two kiddos, Peep 4 and Speed 2 (nicknames!) who inspire many story ideas and keep her laughing.
"Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do — the actual act of writing — turns out to be the best part."
-- Anne Lamott "Bird by Bird"
"There isn't really much to say regarding my literary career. It has been made up of two elements: 'hard work' and 'stick to it.'" -- L.M. Montgomery