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Create a Children's Picture Book: A Complete Step-by-Step Hand-Holding Guide

Everything you need - from creating an idea, to book launch and beyond - to create your own picture book.

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Bucket lists are only useful if you are able to 'tick' one item off every now and then. Now you can! With this comprehensive, hand-holding course, you are guided gently through the process of generating original ideas, writing for picture books, using professional illustration tools to create the images, and then to market, to market - how do you want your book presented to others. It is the whole 'box and dice'! This program has been tested over the last eleven years and has yielded hundreds and hundreds of individual titles, available in print and via Amazon.

This course provides comprehensive, common sense and creative inspiration for anyone who has ever wanted to make a picture book. It’s not just for writers, not just for illustrators. It’s for anyone startingout as a picture book creator, whether they wish to pursue commercial publication or self publication.

From the very beginning of creating an idea, to writing it, through to publishing and marketing it, every step of the way is clearly explained.

Learn how to:

• Generate unique, appealing and endearing story ideas

• Take your writing through a rigorous editing and appraisal process

• Work confidently with storyboards and dummy roughs to produce amazing illustrations

• Use Australian industry contacts and recommended resources to shortcut the process

The reward you will experience when you hold your published children’s picture book in your hands cannot easily be surpassed. Don’t dream about it any longer. The time to start is right now.


Your Instructor


Emma Mactaggart
Emma Mactaggart

Emma Mactaggart is an award winning author, speaker and publisher and she has been teaching the craft of writing and illustrating to children and adults for the last eleven years via her Child Writes program. Her publishing business, a small press with a big purpose, Boogie Books, is the largest publisher in the world on Amazon of children’s picture books written by children for children. These same books also FLY with Jetstar as part of their in-flight entertainment system! She is a regular guest on ABC Southern Queensland Radio with host Belinda Sanders talking about books, and if she isn’t consuming them herself, she is creating them. ‘Imagine’ won two international awards – an IPPY gold medal and a gold Moonbeam Award, both for the eBook version. Her latest project is as publisher of author Jo-Ann Capp’s novella ‘Four Hot Chips’ and she has written a children’s picture book for adults with illustrator Mary-Kate Khoo, ‘Where is the True Ewe'. Emma wrote and originally published ‘Lily Fabourama Glamourama’ in 2004 and it has been reimagined and gets a second lease of life with Ester De Boer as illustrator. Emma coordinated the success picture book project for the Melanoma Awareness Foundation, ‘Melanie & Me’. Emma is also the Founder of the International Read to Me! Day campaign, focusing every year, on March 19 on the importance of reading regularly to children; and LiveWriteShare – bringing creativity to adults.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction - Creating a Children's Picture Book is an amazing goal! We will help you achieve it.
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  Draw it - sharpen those pencils, glam' up with colour - we are creating with images
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  Illustrate it - do it yourself or outsource - either way, there is stuff you need to know.
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  Share it
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  Build it - you are doing it - self publishing! Let's get your book ready for the printers.
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  Market it - You have a book - now what?
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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