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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.


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

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Judith Fox

  2. 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)

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

  4. 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.

  5. Hi Wendy,

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


  6. Virginia Rinkel

    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.

  7. 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.

    • 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.

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