BLOG BREAK Pictures and Promises

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read SCBWI-BI member blogs.

I used to love what I called "the paper edit," where I did line edits by printing my whole manuscript on A4 and going through it with a red biro. But for my current book I did the whole edit on an iPad, making notes with an Apple Pencil (which felt very modern!) Chitra Soundar is having similar ideas, and her excellent blog post for Picture Book Den outlines how to edit a picture book without cutting trees.

Joanna Norland is tackling the picture book from the perspective of a consumer, enlisting illustrator Judi Abbot to discuss how to get more out of reading picture books with your kids.

Pete Frederick has lost his mojo. Has anyone seen it?

Over at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, Claire Fayers is thinking about the promises that a story makes to a reader, and what happens when a writer delivers on or breaks a promise.

Finally, here's Vanessa Harbour discussing why she enjoys working with editors and how to use editorial feedback to improve your work.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent post finds him Mixing it Up - Challenging My Unconscious Biases to Add Diversity to My Writing

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