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How To Make a Picture Book Dummy In 9 Easy Steps E-Book

ebook for picture book dummy challenge“How to Make a Picture Book Dummy in 9 Easy Steps” helps author-illustrators create and prepare a professional sample of their illustrated children’s book to submit to agents or publishers.


Are you an artist new to the world of picture books?


Do you want to learn the tips and techniques involved in creating your own picture book dummy?


Are you unsure of where to start and what is involved?


This handy guide walks you through the process, step by step, from the first draft to the submission packet.

$5.00 USD

Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn:

  1. What a picture book dummy is and who should create one
  2. How to choose a winning project and put your own spin on it
  3. What to keep in mind while drafting your story
  4. What makes a good picture book
  5. What kind of illustrations to present in your dummy and what to include in those illustrations
  6. How other published author/illustrators work from in-depth interviews

Plus each step includes links to check out and book recommendations to build your resource library.

The 9 Easy Steps:

  1. Pick your project
  2. Draft the story
  3. Develop the characters
  4. Storyboard text and art
  5. Create tight, full-size sketches
  6. Produce two spreads of final art
  7. Comp the cover and assemble the dummy
  8. Research submissions and prepare package
  9. Submit

All this in an easy to follow 40 page e-book for the bargain price of $5! Get your copy today.

$5.00 USD

Disclaimer: This e-book was born out of the Picture Book Dummy Challenge hosted by KidLitArt in 2011. Much of the material (but not all) included in the download is still available for free on the KidLitArt blog if you want to sift through the blog posts. A portion of every sale will be donated to Brushes for Vincent a charitable organization that provides children in need with art supplies. Because of this, there are no refunds.

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17 thoughts on “How To Make a Picture Book Dummy In 9 Easy Steps E-Book

  • March 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I am excited to see this purchase. I love
    Children stories illustrations!

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Judith Fox

    • March 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I hope you enjoy the guide. Thanks for buying it!

    • August 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thank you! :)

  • December 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Your book looks wonderful! When I have a story idea, being a visual person, I often start with the storyboard rather than the exact words. It gives me an idea about the flow of the story before I commit to specific words and page turns.
    Your dummy images have great movement and action. There’s still a lot to learn.
    (Author & Illustrator of GreenBean: True Blue Family)

  • December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This looks like just the inspiration to get my story out of my head and down on paper. Thanks!

  • December 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Just visited you over on Tara’s blog, but I simply couldn’t wait to see if I won a copy. I just bought mine!! Thanks so much, Wendy. Following you now.

    • December 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Hope it lives up to your expectations. Thanks for following and the purchase.

  • January 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    I am joining the unofficial PBDummy this year and bought your book to help.


    • January 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Great! Good luck! :)

  • January 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    So enjoyed your session with Mark Mitchell last week. Can’t wait to get your book. You were great on the ‘anymeeting’ time also. Learned a few things I never knew before just from that. Keep up the great work.

  • June 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Ms. Martin,
    I am a newbie at children’s books but I think I have a great story. I am not an illustrator but I have one that will do the pictures. My question is submissions. How do you submit a dummy book if they only want you to do it electronically.

    • June 4, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Traditional publishers do not want your story to be illustrated when you submit it. If you are not an illustrator, don’t worry about illustrations or creating a dummy for publishers. If your story is great, and a publisher accepts it for publication they will choose an illustrator for the story. Just polish your manuscript and follow the submissions guidelines on the publisher’s or agent’s web site.

  • January 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Yay! Just bought my copy. Its in my husband’s name but thats okay, we share email addresses and paypal accounts hehehehee. I am so excited to read this and then share it with my students. Thanks Wendy. You probably know of me; through Mark Mitchell as we do quite a few business promos together. I heard about your site here from Mark in his latest e-newsletter.

    • February 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Thanks. Let me know how you like it. :)


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