Workshop: WHAT HOOKS ME?
What makes a manuscript stand out from the crowd? Explore nine common features of successful picture books, using recent releases. Note what traps to avoid, how nonfiction fits into acquisitions, and find out what makes Charlesbridge editorial director Yolanda Scott run, not walk, to the contracts department.
Workshop: CHILDREN, CHILDREN, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Introducing the Whole Book Approach, or How Learning Basic Elements of Book Design and Production Can Enhance Your Stories, Build Rapport with Editors and Art Directors, and Spice Up Your School Visits
In a world of rapid digital change, the picture book is a powerful reminder of why traditional bookmaking matters. There’s something important in a book’s very physicality and the way it brings together adults and children in a shared reading experience. This workshop teaches proper picture-book terminology and will help you become comfortable discussing a book’s visual elements such as trim size, orientation, jacket, cover, and endpapers as you come to understand how these components enhance, underscore, and otherwise interact with the text. You’ll learn how to speak the same language as publishing professionals as well as discover an exciting, interactive new alternative to traditional story time: The Whole Book Approach.
Yolanda Scott is the associate publisher and editorial director at Charlesbridge, where she has edited nearly 200 titles over the last twenty years. She has worked with authors such as Eve Bunting, Tony Johnston, Kathryn Lasky, David McPhail, Wendell Minor, Linda Sue Park, and Jane Yolen. She is a co-founder of Children’s Books Boston and a board member of the Children’s Book Council, where she has also served on the CBC Diversity Committee. She is a frequent speaker at children's literature events and has worked with students at Boston College and Simmons College. In 2016 she was named a Publishers Weekly Top 40 Star Watch honoree.