3 Ways to Pace Your Picture Book

Great article on pacing and book dummird


By Joyce Audy Zarins

Now that you know Why thirty-two pages? is the standard number for your picture book, you can pace your story within that format. By editing, using page turns to increase drama, and planning the action, you will turn your manuscript into a book.

Your text is likely to change along the way. Here’s a great example. Maurice Sendak made a book dummy titled Where the Wild Horses Are, which eventually morphed into Where the Wild Things Are. Wereaditlikethis has a terrific blog post that shows Sendak’s sculpting of this story as it moved from idea to dummy to finished book. The story changed as did the elongated format of the dummy, which is nothing like the shape of the finished book we all know and love.

Revise. Revise. Revise. Eliminate all that is unnecessary. Revise. Revise. Revise. Eliminate all that is unnecessary.

So, like Sendak, you must shape your story. Write and…

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