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Storytelling Guide for Picture Books

If you have story ideas and want to learn how to make a picture book, click below!

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Published Professionals Help You Achieve Your Creative Goals
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Author, Illustrator & Entrepreneur
Jim Averbeck
Author & Illustrator
Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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Ariel Richardson
Editor at Chronicle Books
Melissa Manlove
Editor at Chronicle Books


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I publish a picture book?

There are two options. You can self publish or publish traditionally with a publishing company. Most people don’t realize that self publishing is starting a business, so we don't recommend it. Whether you decide to self publish or go the traditional route, a great story is the beginning of your publishing journey.

How do I write a picture book story that kids will love?

Start with reading lots of picture books. Learn the specific age group you are writing for. Picture book stories that are kid-relatable and imaginative do the best. You want to have a fresh point of view.

How do I learn how to make a picture book?

The fastest way to learn how is through mentorship. By studying with a published professional, you’ll learn the exact creative processes they use to make award winning books. You can get started for free here.

How do I submit my story to literary agents?

Literary agents will have their own specific instructions on their websites. But in general, you will need a cover letter and a manuscript. The most important aspect of your submission is your story. You can use the checklist to see if your story is ready.

What skills do I need to become a published picture book author or illustrator?

The ability to tell a story is the most important skill to have as an author or illustrator. You will need to be able to develop unique concepts for stories and tell the story simply. If you are illustrating the book, you will need a strong art style and a good sense of design, in addition to storytelling.

How will I know my story is ready for submission?

We have a submission checklist that you can run your story through. The checklist was made by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, two editors at Chronicle Books.

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