I’m seeing a lot of manuscripts that aren’t written in ‘picture book language,’ so I thought I’d share some qualities of picture book language that separate it from regular prose. Here goes! Descriptions are minimal Since picture books... read more
Recently, I received feedback from one of my beta readers about a YA short story of mine, and they pointed out that I had set the reader up for a surprise ending but hadn’t delivered. And of course, they’re right. In this draft, the narrator tells the... read more
My debut picture book, Chicken Wants A Nap, is coming soon from Creative Editions! And maybe you’re thinking, “Tracy, you worked at a literary agency. You’ve negotiated a book deal before. Your editorial clients sell books. So it’s the first... read more
Apologies for my silence these last six weeks or so. I was tinkering in my top secret duck-lair and am almost ready to announce some BIG. EXCITING. NEWS! But in the meantime, I can share a bit about life since we last spoke. Hot Ticket made it all the way up to 36 or... read more
“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai For The Right To Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story is a beautifully designed book and a strong introduction to Malala Yousafzai’s story. The book opens with... read more
As I write this, I’m very much off-target for reading the 100 books I set as a Goodreads goal for 2015. For comparison, in 2014 I read 156 when my goal was 100. At the moment, I’m sitting at 60. A few things changed this year from last in terms of my... read more
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