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Picture Book Summit Podcast

Release Date: 08/04/2020

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

You've written and refined your manuscript, you've sent the query to your agent or to a publisher....and now to wait for months and months. During the pandemic, everything slowed to a halt. But now that it's over and the picture book industry is back up and running, what's the hold up?  The answers are in this episode, and it's actually good news!  One way to avoid getting rejections (or no responses at all) is to ensure your manuscript and query letter are 100% submission-ready. Grab our free download with the 3 Biggest Reasons Your Manuscripts today!

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

It's our final dive (for now!) into Picture Books with Great Voice! If you're just joining us, be sure to catch up with this series at the links below: - Julie Hedlund defined the types of voice found in picture books and Katie Davis introduced books with humorous voice. - Founder Emeritus Laura Backes shared book examples of using a lyrical voice - Emma Walton Hamilton dug into character voice. Today in part 4, Julie gets chatty while talking about conversational voice in picture books. Let’s get to it. Books mentioned in this episode: written by Mac Barnett and...

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

Let's continue to dig into voice in picture books! We started this series in , where Julie Hedlund defined the types of voice found in picture books and Katie Davis gave us hilarious examples of the funny style of voice. In , Founder Emeritus Laura Backes shared examples of using a lyrical voice in picture books to reinforce certain types of stories. In part 3 of our series, author and Picture Book Summit Founder Emma Walton Hamilton discusses character voice: how to recognize it, distinguish it from other types of writing voice, and how to utilize it in your own work!  Let’s get to...

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

In this episode, we continue to discuss voice in picture books. We started this series in the last episode, where Julie Hedlund defined the types of voice found in picture books and Katie Davis gave us hilarious examples of the funny style of voice. If you haven’t already, be sure to go back and listen to episode 56 for help pinning down the elusive meaning of “voice.” Today, we bring you Founder Emeritus Laura Backes and examples of using a lyrical voice in picture books to reinforce certain types of stories. Let’s jump in. Books mentioned in this episode: GIANT SQUID written by...

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

In working with authors, one thing comes up again and again is how to develop “voice.” How do you find your characters’ voice? Is your story’s voice the same as the character voice? And, how do you find your own voice as an author? Voice is tough to define and even tougher to capture, so we’re bringing you excerpts from a Mini Summit we gave on books with great voice. This is part 1 of a four-part series. We start with Co-Founder Julie Hedlund defining the types of voices found in picture books and jump to funny girl and Co-Founder Katie Davis for thoughts and examples on using a...

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

Grab a big piece of paper and some brightly colored markers because today we are mind-mapping our way to great picture book ideas!  Listen to excerpts from our Picture Book Summit workshop with author and educator Rob Sanders. Rob is known for his funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction picture books and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the arena of LGBTQ+ literary nonfiction picture books. Rob’s books include Two Grooms on A Cake: The Story of America’s First Gay Wedding (Little Bee Books) and Mayor Pete: The Story of Pete Buttigieg (Henry Holt & Co)....

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by picture book author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Yuyi has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Dreamers. She is also a six-time winner of the Pura Belpre Medal for an outstanding work of literature for children that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. In 2015, she received the Caldecott Honor for her book Viva Frida. In her Picture Book Summit keynote, Yuyi discussed the idea bank inside all of us and how we can use it to tell the stories that are unique to...

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

In this episode, children's authors Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Hedlund give an overview of the four essential components of a query (introduction, pitch, bio and market info, and conclusion) and then dig deep into crafting a pitch that captures the story and spirit of your book and piques an agent or editor’s interest. If you’re in the querying trenches, this one’s for you!

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

It’s our last episode for this initial round of the Picture Book Summit Roundtable series. We plan to bring you more episodes on topics that affect picture book creators in the future. Thank you for your feedback and we hope we get you thinking! You can catch the first two Roundtable episodes here: Today, it feels like we’ve entered a time portal as we discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence, more commonly referred to as AI, and what it means for creatives like picture books writers and illustrators. It has huge implications for all picture book creators and this is the first of...

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Picture Book Summit Podcast

Today, we bring you the next episode of our Picture Book Summit Roundtable series. We'll record and share PBSummit Roundtable at various times throughout the year, so we can continue to share current events that affect publishing and you. You can catch our first Roundtable episode here: This week's discussion centers around how Anything Goes in Picture Books these days! From books about untold history to books that break all the rules, Julie Hedlund leads us on new adventures in picture books. We also talk about when you can break the rules and how to know if your story is fit to be a...

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In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Carole Boston Weatherford the award-winning author of numerous books for children including JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE, FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE, and YOU CAN FLY! THE TUSKEGEE AIRMAN. In this segment, she talks about premise and point of view and how important they are in picture books.

Find out more about this year's Picture Book Summit at picturebooksummit.com.