Rhyming Picture Book WIP Scanning Critique

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Q. What is a Rhyming Picture Book WIP Scanning Critique?
A. WIP stands for work-in-progress. After you have your book critiqued in the Intensive Picture Book Workshop or a Picture Book WIP Critique, we can work together on the meter in your rhyming picture book.

Send in a scan of your picture book manuscript using the directions below so I can critique the scan of your rhyming picture book syllable by syllable.

Please note: This WIP option is a line-edit critique. If the story structure isn’t ready yet, your critique will begin with a developmental edit.

Q. What is a scan?
A. Checking the meter of a poem is called scanning. The rhyme most commonly used in rhyming picture books is accentual verse, the meter used in nursery rhymes.

For each scan you will send in your manuscript with the stressed syllables typed in bold and the pauses written as [P]. Let’s give it a try with the traditional nursery rhyme: “Humpty Dumpty” by Mother Goose.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall:

All the king’s horses and all the King’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

First, mark the stresses in bold.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall:

All the king’s horses and all the King’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

The pattern is 4 strong stresses per line.

Now write a [P] for each PAUSE.

Humpty Dumpty [P] sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty [P] had a great fall:

All the king’s horses [P] and all the King’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty [P] together again.

This rhythm in this nursery rhyme is:

2 strong beats [PAUSE] 2 strong beats.

Each line has a pause in the middle of the line – a medial caesura.

You may find that your rhyming picture book manuscript has a different rhythm, a different pattern of pauses and stressed syllables. (That is what makes writing poetry so interesting!) Look at the dominant pattern of stressed syllables and pauses in your manuscript and use that rhythm throughout the book. (The meter that your readers see on the first page of the story is what they expect to see in the rest of the book.)

A Rhyming Picture Book WIP Scanning Critique is a line edit.

Q. When will you line edit my manuscript?
A. When the BIG Picture in the manuscript communicates your ideas clearly to your readers, I will look at the small details in a line edit critique. I will critique the scan of your rhyming picture book syllable by syllable. I will make suggestions for new word choices. I will also offer ideas about changing the order of the words in a line and the order of the lines in a stanza (a poetry paragraph). With colored ink and highlighting, I will make specific suggestions throughout the manuscript.

Q. How many critiques will my book need?
A. No one knows. Every story is different. Some story problems are easier to solve then others. It may take a few rounds to find a story structure solution you like. On the other hand, if your story is structurally sound I will begin with a line edit critique and start working on the meter right away.

Q. How much does a Rhyming Picture Book WIP Scanning Critique cost?
A. $199 for picture books under 1,000 words. For longer books, it’s $200 for the first 1000 words and 1 cents a word after that. Sign up for a WIP critique here.

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