Learn the Secrets & Structure Behind Writing a Best-Selling Picture Book, from an International Best-Selling Children's Author.

 
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6wk Course begins May 24th
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You Can Write Stories that People Remember Their Entire Lives

Writing picture books for kids is enormous fun, and while it can seem simple, there’s actually enormous skill involved in bringing these stories to life. Something that I didn’t realise until after I had written my first book.

How do you make characters that kids care about? How do you get them wanting to read it again? How do you make the emotional message hit home in only 400 words? How do you turn a simple idea into an engaging story? How do you find an agent and get published?

I’m going to help you cut through the struggle - not only to learn how to write an amazing picture book (or make your existing book even better), but make sure you have the best chance of getting published too.

In "How to Write a Best-Selling Picture Book", I’ll walk you step by step through the entire process of writing a best-selling picture book. I’ll be breaking down exactly how I planned and wrote some of my own best-selling books, the structure and theory behind some of the most iconic books on the market, and importantly - breaking down those techniques so that you can use them yourself.

The best picture books stay with us for our entire lives - are you ready to create something that does the same?

Hi, I'm Scott Stuart

I’M AN INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR - HERE’S HOW I CAN HELP YOU.

I wanted to be an author since I was 8 years old, but like many great writers, I didn’t write a word until I was 30.

That first book (A Pickle in the Post) went on to be a huge hit, selling… less than 100 copies. But, I completely loved everything about the process, writing the book, working with the illustrator (that was the only book I didn’t illustrate myself), even trying to find an agent & publisher.

From there I wrote another book which went on to became the #1 children’s book on Amazon, I got an agent, contracts with publishing houses, and every book since then has hit (and often topped) major best-seller lists and has had numerous translations.

One book (My Shadow is Pink) has even gone on to be nominated for Children’s Book of the Year and Picture Book of the Year, it’s being adapted into an animated film, has gotten love from some very big celebrities, and most importantly, has had a major impact on the kids that read it (I get a stack of messages every single day from parents).

I now have multiple publishing houses that I work with, I have contracts for book series and sequels, as well as a big list of upcoming titles.

And through all that, I’ve learned an enormous about what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to writing a really great picture book.

That’s why I have created “How to Write a Best-Selling Picture Book”, to help aspiring picture book creators learn from my successes - and definitely from my failures.

“How to Write a Best-Selling Picture Book” gives you everything you need to write a great picture book, from generating better ideas, to turning ideas into really solid first drafts, to turning those drafts into great books, and finally, to getting noticed by agents and publishing houses.

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6wk Course begins May 24th
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Celebrity Reviews Of My Books

"Anyone who's seeing this and has not purchased it - You absolutely have to. It's so beautiful and funny and heartwarming."

KRISTEN BELL

"Why has this book never existed before? It's just perfection!"

DANNII MINOGUE

Course Information

HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COURSE 

"How to Write a Best-Selling Picture Book" has been built with the aspiring author in mind. If you're an up and coming author (or an established author looking for ways to improve), this course is for you.

  • 6 Insight-Filled Modules for you to work through, taking you from idea to finished manuscript. No filler - all actionable information and techniques that you can actually use.
  • Weekly Live Critiques and Q&A sessions to help you transform your manuscript into something that interests agents, publishers and most importantly, readers.
  • Bonus Best-Seller Breakdowns so you can see exactly how what you are learning translates into a finished, best-selling book.
  • Work at Your Own Pace. You have lifetime, unlimited access to the course and it's contents.

Inside the Course

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

MODULE 1 - OPENS MAY 24TH

Beyond Clichés - What Makes a Great Book Idea?

If there is ONE thing that turns your book from “yet another picture book” into “I NEED TO HAVE THIS FOR MY KIDS (and also for me)”, it’s this - the idea. But what makes a really great book idea?

In this module, we’re going to be diving into topics like:

  • What actually makes a great book idea
  • How do you come up with fresh ideas
  • Turning simple ideas into truly great ideas
  • Going from low concept to high concept ideas
  • Do I need a “message”?
  • Discovering the book audience (it’s not just kids)
MODULE 2 - OPENS MAY 31ST

Perfect Planning

Whilst formulas can be terrible, you DO need a structure. And every great picture book has one. A structure that holds the idea together, a structure that takes a simple concept and turns it into a visceral experience, and a structure that gets kids wanting more.

In this module, we’re going to be diving into topics like:

  • The 3 act structure behind plot-driven picture books
  • The 3 arc structure behind books that emotionally resonate
  • The difference between plot-driven, character-driven and concept-driven picture books - and how to succeed in each
  • How to make sure the emotional moments in your book hit home
  • Writing specific stories that reflect underlying truths and universal themes
MODULE 3 - OPENS JUNE 7TH

Opening Hooks and Endings That Make Kids Want More

If you’re like me, you’ve picked up many picture books, read a page or two and put them straight back down. And then there’s the times where you make it through a whole book, just to be disappointed by the end.

In this module, we’re going to be diving into topics like:

  • The simple concept behind every great opening
  • The 3 things you need to cover in your very first lines
  • Building an ending that gets readers wanting to read again
  • Surprise endings & how to craft them
  • The link between the beginning and end - if you don’t have this, your book won’t work
MODULE 4 - OPENS JUNE 14TH

Characters That Kids Care About

Characters are SO important to your picture book - and while many authors leave this characters up to the illustrator, the best books have the characters integrated into every single part of the story. Here I’m going to show you how I approach crafting memorable characters that kids care about.

In this module, we’re going to be diving into topics like:

  • What is it that makes a character memorable
  • Anthropomorphism - should they be humans or animals?
  • How the environment affects the characters and vice versa
  • The #1 most important thing to consider with your characters
  • Writing characters that kids actually care about
MODULE 5 - OPENS JUNE 21ST

There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block

It’s time to write! It’s time to turn your great idea and solid structure, into an actual book. And this is where most authors break down and turn to mush under their desks. Great writing isn’t a talent, it’s a process - and I’ll be sharing everything about my process here. From techniques to keep the pages turning, to overcoming blocks, to dealing with rhyme, rhythm and much more.

In this module, we’re going to be diving into topics like:

  • Using language that keeps the pages turning
  • Finding & creating your unique “style” that readers will recognise
  • What is the X factor in your writing
  • Inside my editing process and how I turn mediocre drafts into great manuscripts
  • Overcoming writer’s block and imposter syndrome
MODULE 6 - OPENS JUNE 28TH

Let’s Get You Published

You’ve got a story! Now to get it published. Approaching publishers and agents, when I was starting out, felt like looking for a treasure without the map. No real idea what to do. I want to break down those barriers and share everything I have learned about landing an agent and a publishing deal.

In this module, we’re going to be diving into topics like:

  • Writing your first pitch to an agent
  • The things agents and publishers look for that make your book stand out
  • A breakdown of the pitch letter that got me signed
  • How does the publishing industry actually work
  • Self-publishing vs traditional publishing - which should I choose and when?

Exclusive Bonuses

ONLY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THIS COURSE

BONUS 1

Live Weekly Critique and Q&A Sessions

This your unique chance to get your  manuscript critiqued & your questions answered by an International Best-Selling author.

Every week of the course (6 total sessions), I'll be conducting a live Critique and Q&A session where I will review the manuscripts submitted and give my (completely subjective) opinion on what needs improving and how to do that.

Questions & manuscripts can be submitted early, and these sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the course area for you to watch anytime.

Live sessions will be held weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom at 6pm Los Angeles - final session on June 30th.

BONUS 2

Best-Seller Breakdowns

In addition to the examples given in the core modules, I'll be doing complete book breakdowns of some of the most iconic and popular picture books on the market (and my favourites).

Develop a stronger insight into the storytelling techniques taught throughout the course and see how some of the most popular books on the market use these techniques in their own unique ways - so you know exactly how to use them for yourself.

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6wk Course begins May 24th
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Live Critiques and Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there only 25 spots?

I am limiting the numbers to only 25 spots so that I can ensure that the live Critique and Q&A sessions are beneficial - nothing worse than paying for this course expecting to be critiqued, and never getting one because of too many enrolments.

When does the course start and finish?

The course opens on May 24th, and each week a new module will be released, as well as a weekly live Q&A session (that will also be recorded and uploaded to the course area).

The final module opens on June 28th, and after that you will have lifetime access to the course materials & content (including any future updates).

How long do I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course, materials & content.

When are the weekly Critique / Q&A sessions?

A live critique / Q&A session will be held every week over Zoom, for a total of 6 sessions throughout the course.

Wednesdays at 6pm Los Angeles
Wednesdays at 9pm New York
Thursdays at 11am Melbourne/Sydney

Convert to your local time here.

The final Critique / Q&A session will be held on the 30th of June (1st July Australia).

What if I can't make the live Critique / Q&A?

You will have the opportunity to send in questions & content ahead of time, which will be answered during the sessions. Each week, the Critique / Q&A will be recorded and uploaded to the course area.

What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?

You will only need a computer with internet access and an email account.

In order to participate in the live critique / Q&A sessions, you will also need Zoom which can be downloaded here.

What do I do if I need help?

If you have a question related to this course, email [email protected]. Thanks!

How long is the course?

The course is 6 weeks long, and you receive lifetime, unlimited access to the content after that.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We offer a full 60-day money back guarantee. If you are unhappy with the course for any reason, let us know and we will refund your payment within 30 days.

 

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