Look what’s happening to celebrate the release of the latest two books in the award nominated Pickle & Bree series, The Playground Meanies & The Big Snow Adventure.
14/2/17 Creative Kids Tales
15/2/17 Buzz Words Di Bates
16/2/17 Aussie Reviews
Just leave a comment on any of the posts in the blog tour, comment on facebook or twitter or even email firstname.lastname@example.org to win a copy of The Playground Meanies or The Big Snow Adventure.
JUMP THE SLUSH PILE IS BACK!
Win an opportunity for a children’s editor at The Five Mile Press to look at your picture book submission (strictly 500 words or less). Just comment on any of the posts in the blog tour and add initials JSP.
Win a free picture book assessment by the author Alison Reynolds. Just comment on any of the posts in the blog tour and add the initials PB.
Remember the more you comment, the more chances you have to win.
TEDDY BEAR CONTEST FOR ALL AGES!
Win a print of Mikki Butterley’s fabulous artwork from one of these two books. Just send a photo or drawing of your favourite teddy to email@example.com or upload to https://www.facebook.com/alison.reynolds.524 or Twitter @AlisonReynoldsa
Competitions close March 24th and winners to be announced and contacted by March 31st.
Today I am very pleased to be able to welcome Alison Reynolds to my blog where she will be sharing tips on how to write a series.
Alison is the wonderful author of a new series of picture books about Pickle and Bree, two friends who gently teach children to explore the skills needed to successfully manage relationships with their friends and family.
When I asked Alison how to write a series this is what she said…
Five Tips on Writing a Picture Book Series
- Create characters that you want to write book after book. When you write a series, you are going to visit them again and again. It is so much easier if you can’t wait to write their next adventures.
- Get to know your characters thoroughly. In a series you need to come up with many different story lines and this is so much easier if you can know how your character will react in different situations.
- Make sure your characters are consistent. A common theme throughout the Pickle And Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds books is Bree’s impatience and energy. If she suddenly became easy-going and lazy, this would make her seem inauthentic when you read the whole series.
- Give the illustrator and the reader more variety – show your characters in different locations.
The first two Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds books were set in home. In books 3 & 4 they left their home, giving the brilliant illustrator, Mikki Butterley, the opportunity to create entirely different worlds. The Big Snow Adventure is set on a snow mountain and The Playground Meanies is set in a playground.
- Series are very popular at the moment in the publishing world. I loved reading series as a child and still love reading a series today. If you have an idea with excellent characters, why don’t you go for it!
Thanks Alison – some really great advice.