How to Create Irresistible Picture Book Characters by Tammi Sauer (plus a giveaway on her book birth


Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)



Tammi Sauer

Psst. Hey, you there. Yes, you. Do you want to wow an editor with your next picture book manuscript? Great!

It only takes one thing. Come up with the next Fancy Nancy, Olivia, or Skippyjon Jones. Editors are wading through their slush and/or agented submissions in the hopes of finding an irresistible, can’t-put-down, character-driven manuscript. They want manuscripts that make them feel something and a great character can do just that.

Examples of strong characters in picture books:

OLIVIA by Ian Falconer Olivia is a feisty little piglet who has too much energy for her own good.

FANCY NANCY by Jane O’Connor Nancy is very into fanciness whereas her family is not.

SKIPPYJON JONES by Judy Schachner Skippyjon Jones is a little kitty with a big imagination.

A PET FOR PETUNIA by Paul Schmid An exuberant Petunia wants, wants, wants a pet she really shouldn’t have.

DINOSAUR VS. BEDTIME by Bob Shea

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