I don’t often post on Wednesdays, and regular readers know that I rarely post about my own writing journey. But I’m participating in a fabulous opportunity for picture book creators, and I just had to share!
An annual event, the Picture Book Critique Fest offers 36 lucky picture book creators a critique from one of 36 published authors, artists, and agents. It’s hosted by pbspotlight.com and the brainchild of Brian Gehrlein, whose first picture book, The Book of Rules, debuts in 2021. Per the website, the “purpose is to celebrate the critique and revision process and to help build our kidlit community.”
In my humble opinion, #PBCritiqueFest is a win-win for all involved, as pre-published, unagented folks, like myself, revise away at a manuscript, meet many generous folks in the picture book world, and maybe win a critique. This also gives more established creatives a chance to give back to the kidlit community, as well as the opportunity to have their books and names in front of a group of creators as passionate about picture books as they are.
Registration closes this Friday promptly at 9 AM CST, so don’t delay: polish up your picture book manuscript and apply today! Details here.