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These "Rules" Aren't Rules: How to Free Your Picture Books From Formulaic Writing
Stop worrying about word count, stop doing everything in threes, stop setting up contrived problems to solve, stop listening to people who tell you there are rules for writing, stop writing the same stories as everyone else, stop stressing. Come listen to an editor who’s tired of rejecting formulaic writing. Free yourself and your stories.

About the Instructor: FRANCES GILBERT started her career in children’s books when she was still a child, working in the children’s department of her town library throughout high school. After graduating from university with an M.A. in English, Frances’s first job in publishing was
as a Book Club Editor at Scholastic Canada in Toronto. She moved to New York in 2000
to set up a children’s editorial division at Sterling Publishing, where she stayed till 2012.
Frances then moved to Random House Children’s Books, where she is VP, Editor-in-
Chief of Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Titles she has acquired and edited include
the New York Times bestseller The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain,
Philip Stead, and Erin Stead; I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt;
the Happy Hair series by Mechal Renee Roe; Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro and
Tatjana Mai-Wyss; and Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer and Dave Mottram.
In addition to editing children’s books, Frances also writes them: She is the author of the
picture books Go, Girls, Go!; Too Much Slime!; and I Will Always Be Your Bunny; the
Step Into Reading titles I Love Pink!, I Love My Tutu!, I Love My Grandma! and I Love
Cake!; and an abridgment of The Secret Garden (Little Golden Books).

You can follow Frances on Twitter at @GoGirlsGoBooks, where she posts about
children’s writing and editing.

Aug 1, 2022 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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