Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Join Me for a Free Webinar from Children's Book Insider's Laura Bard - January 14, 2021


I understand where you are all coming from --

there's a good reason why so many people dream about writing a children's picture book.
They present the author with unlimited possibilities.  Magic happens, dreams come true and young readers are transported into realms of imagination and joy.

Picture books also offer a chance to communicate vital messages and help children make sense of the very confusing world around them.

But, to a writer who seeks to enter their special world, picture books can be challenging and seem very intimidating. That's because every word has to count.  Every syllable has to count.  Every tiny bit of action has to count.  Every character must be just right.

If you've always wanted to write a picture book, but felt unsure about how to get started, I have exactly the thing you need to get started. 

If you're a current member who is not consistently achieving 2 or 1 Ratings, this will help you. I can attest that one of the foremost struggles members seem to have is story structure. You can pave or repave your path to success with the lessons/reminders touched upon in this webinar. 

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern, my friend Laura Backes of Children's Book Insider is offering the Rate Your Story community a free online class called How to Write a Great Picture Book.

Laura will call on her 30 years of experience as a writing educator, editor, author and publisher of Children's Book Insider, the Children's Writing Monthly to teach you how to get started right now on a new or revised picture book of your own.

You'll learn:

* The specific "rules" of picture books - and how they're different from other children's books.
* What makes a memorable picture book character .

And - this is pretty amazing - you'll also:

* Actually create - step-by-step - a picture book protagonist of your own to build your manuscript around!

Laura will take you inside the breakthrough picture book creation tool she's created (Picture Book Blueprint) and lead you on a simple process to create a truly memorable protagonist.  She'll also share an inside peek at Picture Book Blueprint, and give you a special opportunity to own this remarkable program.

Reserve your spot now (if you can't make it live, go ahead and register so you can get the replay link).  Get Started Writing Picture Books is 100% free and there's no obligation of any kind.  Register here:

It's going to be a really fun and informative session.  I wouldn't miss it! I can't wait to see you there!
Lynne Marie

P.S. Many of you know I am the Editor and Agent Spotlight Feature Columnist at Children's Book Insider -- You can find some of my Interviews here:


  1. I've heard Laura speak many times (CBI webinars, PB Summit, Kidlit Distancing Socials) and always welcome the chance to listen to her. She can talk about something I'm sure I know, but then she'll add one little twist that will get me thinking about the subject in a new light. I'm a PB Blueprint user.

    1. Oh, I am excited to see you there, Mary! And so happy your are a PB Blueprint User. It definitely shows! Keep up the good work!