#13DayPBChallenge Day 13 – How to Format A Picture Book Manuscript

The following is what SCBWI says about formatting a manuscript so that it is ready to submit: How to Format Your Manuscript “All manuscripts must be typed on 8½ ” x 11” white paper in black ink. » Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman. » Double-space all manuscripts. » Pages should be numbered consecutively….

#14DayPBChallenge Day 12 – How to Write a Query Letter

I’ll be very honest in saying that because my debut picture book manuscript was picked up in a Twitter Pitch Event, I have not had much experience with writing query letters, but that is about to change. I scoured the internet looking for tips for writing query letters, and my primary take-away from that research…

#14DayPBChallenge Day 9 – How to Write a Picture Book Pitch

Your Assignment for Day 9 of the #14DayPBChallenge is to Write Sample Pitches for Your Picture Book. What Is A Picture Book Pitch? Writer’s Digest Distinguishes Between A Synopsis, A Pitch, and a Query. Here: What Is A Pitch? “…an explanation of your story in 3-8 sentences. It’s like the text you see on the back…

14-Day Picture Book Challenge Day 7 – Create a Text Dummy for Your Picture Book + A Look at A Variety of Different Types of Picture Books – Different Number of Pages – Different Pages to Begin the Text

Today, I have several objectives: I want you to know how to create a picture book text dummy. Unlike an illustrator’s dummy, a text dummy is for writers. It will help them edit and re-edit their books. It will also help them with their books’ pacing–helping them understand where the page breaks should fall. Above all…

Rabbit Sketch – Drawing Done in Procreate

Rabbit – Jacki Kellum  Procreate Drawing March 30, 2022 Step 1: I Outlined the Rabbit with Procreate Pencil 6B Step 2: I added some shading with Max’s Brush Sketchy Sarmento Step 3: I washed in some of the darker areas using some watercolor brushes Step  4: I added sketching details with both Pencil 6B and…

Some Great Tutorials for Drawing and Painting in Procreate

Daffodil – Jacki Kellum Sketch in Procreate – March 29, 2022 Off and on, I have been watching Procreate tutorials. Youtube is a great resource for adding to your understanding of how to create in Procreate, but I have also purchased several tutorials along the way. Polly’s Friend in Green – Insprired by Aveline Stokard…