By Debbie LaCroix
Welcome to our first guest blogger, our friend and picture book critique partner, Debbie LaCroix!
I love conferences! Not only am I surrounded by people who get me, I always come back with my head and heart full of great information that I can apply to my writing. I was recently at Wild, Wild Midwest SCBWI in Naperville, IL, and here are a few things I learned.
I found myself attracted to the picture book first pages breakouts. Though I didn’t submit anything, I love getting inside the heads of agents and editors to see how they feel about the beginning of a story. By the end of the second seminar, I was trying to predict what the feedback would be, and I was getting really good at it. Here are five takeaways to apply to your stories:
1) Start the story sooner. Many of the stories began with fanciful descriptions, backstory, or information dumps that didn’t add to the story. So ask yourself: Is this first sentence/paragraph necessary? If you are unsure, delete it and see what happens.
Debbie LaCroix is a book addict and published author in South Dakota. She also sells Usborne Books & More. Visit her at www.debbielacroix.com
Donna Cangelosi and Chana Stiefel are picture book critique partners & friends who are passionate about kids' books & are eager to share tidbits from their writing journey with other aspiring writers.