Know Your Layout: Picture Book Construction

Knowing how a picture book is constructed is worth diving into, even if it’s something that’s never crossed your mind. On a practical level we always suggest writers work on a picture book dummy to ensure the pacing of a story works and to build encouraging page...

Mocking Up A Dummy

Here at Flying Pants Editing, we love working on picture books. If you’ve worked with us you’ll know that one of the exercises we are keen to have writers work on is mocking up a dummy of their story, just the words, to check for flow, ensure that the all...

I’ve written a children’s book. Now what?

What a great question! Now what is something that we are asked often. Chances are that, despite the hours of toil put in, you’ve become almost too close to your own work. You know your characters so well that you may be unable to see that your main character has...

How to Find the Right Illustrator

Detail of illustration by Elin Matilda from Brooke Hill’s You Two, You Two It’s a question we are asked often – how do I find the right illustrator for my picture book manuscript? Well, it all depends on what avenue you’re heading down. Traditional...

Red, Big Car?

Red, big car. Huh? Hang on a minute – there’s something wrong with the above phrase, surely. Well, yes there is. Big, red car sounds better, more natural somehow, but why is that?  The English language, with all of its weird and wonderful rules, ranks adjectives...

To Verse or Not?

That is, to quote Hamlet, the question!  Many picture book writers gravitate toward rhyme.  But you may have heard that publishers and readers don’t like it and wondered, is this actually true? Why on earth wouldn’t a publisher want my children’s book...