© 2019 by Mike Curato. 

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Picture Books 101

WITH MIKE CURATO

Have you ever wanted to write a children’s picture book? Many people have reached out to me to ask advice for how to get into publishing. Join me on bluprint where I share the ins and outs of writing your own picture book, from creating ideas, to crafting characters, to coming up with a great plot. Find out how to create a story that keeps adults and children turning the page and discover what it takes to get your book published.

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Lesson 1: Getting Started

Welcome to the world of picture books! Discover the power of picture books, learn the different types of stories and how to start being a good writer. watch now >

 

Lesson 2: Story & Plot

Learn how to create a plot using the classic story arc. Find out how to create the right conflict for your work (every story needs conflict!) and how to tackle heavier subjects in your story.
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Lesson 3: Beginnings & Endings

Learn how to hook your reader right from the start and how create intrigue in your story right away. Discover how to create a strong ending and how messages and morals will work in your story. watch now >

 

Lesson 4: What’s the Big Idea?

Discover different techniques and tricks to coming up with your big story idea. Try a writer’s prompt that will help unlock your creativity.

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Lesson 5: What a Character!

Find out how to come up with a great character that’ll enhance your story. Discover the key to characters that last and what you need to make an original, standout character. watch now >

 

Lesson 6: Telling a Story Thru Pictures

Discover how the words and pictures works together to create a great story. Plus, find out how to compose your drawings with the Golden Ratio to provide the right eye candy for your reader.
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Lesson 7: Pacing & Editing

Find out how to pace your story to keep the pages turning and learn how to properly edit your picture book to make the story stronger.
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Lesson 8: Creating a Book Dummy

What’s a book dummy? Find out how to create a book dummy for your book. Plus, discover how much you need to illustrate and what to do if you don’t draw. watch now >

 

Lesson 9: Publishing 101

Find out the steps to getting traditionally published and what you can do to increase the odds of selling your story. Plus, learn how to self-publish your book. watch now >