Self-Editing Tips: Beginning

I finished a picture book draft in a week. Now I am off to self edit. Here are some tips from Nancy I. Sanders. Thanks for sharing, Nancy 😀


Today and in upcoming posts, we’re going to be talking about practical steps we can take to edit our nonfiction picture book manuscripts.

We’ll be using my Nonfiction Picture Book Self-Editing Checklist. You can find it on the site of my writing buddies, Writing According to Humphrey and Friends. Just scroll down until you find the link to click on, then download the free pdf file to print out and use.

Let’s start at the top by talking about CONTENT.

Does your beginning introduce your main character?

The first page of most published picture books has three key ingredients. It introduces the main character, establishes the setting, and establishes or hints at the main story problem. As you’re working on the first word, the first sentence, the first paragraph, or the first couple of paragraphs in your manuscript that start your picture book’s beginning, you want to…

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