The Picture Book Idea Syndrome

Excellent advice from Ripple Grove Press founder Rob Broder!


Guest Post by Rob Broder — President and Founder of Ripple Grove Press

Rob Broder’s guest post, “You Can Judge a Book by Its Title, and Other Wisdom from the Submission Pile” has been our most popular to date. Writers’ Rumpus is thrilled to welcome Rob back for a second post with more good advice for picture book submissions.

“I have a great idea for a picture book story.”

Here at Ripple Grove Press, I hear this all the time. I may hear an idea about a girl who travels the world, meets dragons, and learns how to shape clouds. I may hear an idea about a walrus peeling potatoes, or one about a polar bear who wishes he lived in a warmer climate. We’ve even received submissions where people send multiple ideas and ask if any of them sound interesting to us, as if to say, “pick…

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