FROM PICTURE BOOKS TO MG NOVELS: Tips on Switching Gears

If you're a picture book writer, what do you do if one day you get a story idea and realize it's too "big" to fit into a picture book format? Well, that's what happened to me and I had to switch gears. It was a process and it was scary at first. But don't panic if it happens to you, too. From my experience, I can tell you that if you follow certain steps and use a few of my tips, you might get more confident in the transition. But first, let's backtrack a little. I'd been happily writing a variety of picture books when all of a sudden, a refrain popped into my head. It was something like that: "If I need to be specific – this is super funterrific!" Or maybe something like that (it's been a w

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