Saturday, April 21, 2012

Writing Picture Books That Sell: Tammi Sauer

Tammi's session was a real hoot. From the start she was extremely engaging and funny. It was a fast-paced session and you could tell she loves writing picture books! 

Tammi's first mandatory tip? You must read, read, read a LOT of picture books. Study them and determine  what you like, what you don’t like and what you would do differently. 

Ask yourself if your manuscript:
-          Offers a variety of scenes?
-          Cuts to the chase? 
-          Has a universal theme? 
Some of Tammi's top secrets:

Create the right character (A.R.F.) – Active, Relatable and Flawed character 

Give the MC a problem/conflict.

Amp up the tension.

Amp up the heart and humor

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