Writing the Classic Picture Book – Webinar with Jodell Sadler and Allison Moore

jodellatnsld4smaller-featuredLooking to understand picture books? The pacing, the 32-page form, the way art and words interplay, and writing slim is more challenging than many realize. If you are an author or illustrator, this live webinar will help you write picture books that stand out. Empower every word, enjoy your editing process, hone in on key tools and strategies that help you do more with less, while making your work more marketable.

See how exceptional word choices, creating repetitive word strings and behaviors enhance the reader experience and bring out the theme and heart of your story. Learn how to move yourself and your story into a performance that readers will love.

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing the Classic Picture Book” —  instructor and literary agent Jodell Sadler, from Sadler Children’s Literary and instructor Allison Moore, Assistant Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, share their tips on preparing your manuscript for publication. Plus, as a bonus, Jodell or Allison will critique up to 1,000 words of your double-spaced picture book manuscript! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, June 18, 2015, and lasts 90 minutes.

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  • Why great pacing makes a huge difference for editors and agents
  • How to harness your love and bring out the heart of your story
  • How to pay attention to prosody, pacing, poetry, and performance to make a difference in your picture book project
  • How to enhance the interaction between art and words
  • How to apply the rules (and exceptions) for doing more with your own text
  • How to incorporate performance and “magic” into your work
  • Ways to move your story to the top of submission piles

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All registrants are invited to submit a picture book manuscript up to 1,000 words, double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 pt, in a Word.doc. All submitted picture books are guaranteed a written critique by Jodell Sadler, Sadler Children’s Literary, or Allison Moore, Assistant Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.

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Jodell Sadler, the Pacing Guru, earned her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Hamline University in 2009. She hosts a variety of online writing workshops, serves as the BOOK LOOK columnist for the SCBWI-Illinois.org The Prairie Wind newsletter, and is available to speak at conferences and events as a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). She has authored many articles and tutorials with Writer’s Digest on Writing Picture Books: Picture Book Pacing, Editing, and Avoiding Burnout Tutorials before launching her literary agency in 2011: Sadler Children’s Literary. For more information on picture books, visit http://www.PictureBookLunch.com, and for more information on Sadler Children’s Literary, please visit http://www.sadlercreativeliterary.com/pacing-2-wow-class.html.

Allison Moore is an associate editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers who works on a wide range of books from illustrated titles for the very young to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked picture books by Todd Parr, Sujean Rim, Nancy Tafuri, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Marc Brown, and Bob Staake; novelty books by Sandra Magsamen; and novels by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Karen Healey, Sherri Winston and Andrea Davis Pinkney, among others. Allison is particularly interested in clever picture books with fresh art styles and stories that appeal to all ages; character-driven chapter books with a strong voice; and middle grade and YA novels that encourage readers to open their minds and consider unexpected points of view and perspectives. Before joining LBYR in 2010, Allison interned at Bloomsbury & Walker Books for Young Readers, Barefoot Books, the Kneerim & Williams agency, and Simon & Schuster UK; worked as a bookseller and at her hometown library; and graduated from Boston University and the Columbia Publishing Course. You can find her on Twitter @allisonm610.

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  • Writers and illustrators who are interested in writing picture books
  • Writers who want to publish their picture book
  • Writers who want to learn what they can do during the editing process
  • Writers who are looking for tips on how increase their books performance
  • Writers looking for great ways to write to the heart of their story

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The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and/or asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.

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