So… you want to write a manuscript that’s as strong as can be? You want your manuscript to fight the good fight in today’s competitive market? Well then... LAYER YOUR MANUSCRIPT! Layering can bump a manuscript from good to FANTASTIC! In my Rosie the dragon and Charlie series, I layered, layered, layered. Let me demonstrate. A Recipe for Layering: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions) Step One: Add a dragon Step Two: Mix in themes of friendship and pet adoption Step Three: Stir in teaching a dragon to swim with REAL swimming skills Step Four: Fold in teamwork, patience, and courage Step Five: Link it to a season And the final product is: A picture book

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