Picture Book Practitioner, Picture Book Workshops, and Editing

 

 

 

Picture Book Practitioner: part editor, part mentor, part motivator

A one-month uniquely tailored service to concentrate on your project with a writer, editor, and teacher who “speaks” picture books. This is a chance to navigate your manuscript and to help your story—plus you as an artist and book creator!—set sail in a way that feels true to you.

I'm absolutely passionate about helping writers and writer-illustrators tap into their unique voice and vision, providing inspiration for their manuscript, writing identity, and direction for immediate steps and future ones. You’ll get four weeks of feedback, encouragement, resources, thorough and sensitive support around story and strategy, and the camaraderie you need from someone who cares deeply about nurturing creative practice and this special form.

We can also be flexible around what we work on and how we approach the process according to your needs. Got two to tackle? We might be able to make that work! Whether you have a fully-fleshed out manuscript to revise OR simply notes about a concept you're ready to develop, I can help. (Picture book creators at any place on their path welcome!)

What you can look forward to in our work together:

Four weeks with the following as a guide—

Preparation questionnaire

First one-hour video call after I read and reflect on your project: goal-setting, vision, conversation, story comments, comparative works.

Once-a-week check-in and encouragement from me to you.

Up to two questions answered via email every week about your manuscript or anything related to your project and writing life.

Line notes on at least one draft or revision of your manuscript, more depending on your pace.

Second video call up to one hour on line notes, your creative process and voice, and/or one relevant PB element.

Third video call up to one hour about your latest draft/revision, resources, reflection, next steps, and/or Q&A. I can also provide guidance around developing presentations about your future book! 

Reflection questionnaire

Something surprising and specially tailored to you!

Cost: $750 for the month (any four mostly consecutive weeks). Paid in two installments via PayPal or Venmo, beginning and close. I offer a 30% discount for educators! 

Email me to get started or get more information.

Or download this "What to Expect" PDF.

TESTIMONIALS:

"Playful, productive, fun.
I’ve wanted to write this for a long time, but didn’t know how to start. Danielle gave me the tools necessary to not even start the book, but to finish it too. Having Danielle as a mentor for a full month was a fantastic experience. She shared some hacks to make my writting process easier. Not only did she help me make my story beautiful, but I feel we became colleagues and friends! I was allowed to play with no judgment!!! Just beautiful!
I have a finished project and the words needed to sell myself and my book!"
—Paulina Suárez,  illustrator of a number of children's books.

"Energizing, encouraging, confidence-building.

What a joy it was to work with Danielle Davis on my new book project.  Writing can be lonely, and it can be difficult to find, or make, the time to just sit down and do it.  This comes from a writer, who's been published many times, through Viking, Chronicle and Peachtree.  

Danielle tailored her sessions specifically to improve the quality and breadth of my manuscript.  She researched areas that I had not thought of, and returned with insightful information.
My biggest obstacle, at the beginning, was the formatting of the ideas in the book.  I had never attempted one like this before, and I was nervous.  Danielle was understanding, and helped me work with different styles until we (actually she) came up with one that fit perfectly.  It freed my writing, and with her regular contacts, I was motivated to write and revise every day.
This was beyond fantastic, and I plan to come back again to Danielle.  She is kind, compassionate, and she asks for the same accountability, that she gives to the writer.  I truly benefited from working one on one with her."
author of Love Is and many other picture books

 

I am the author of the picture book, To Make, have an MA in literature and creative writing, and am a long time champion of picture books and their makers via critiques, blogging, workshops, and editing. From community college teaching to my YouTube channel for kids, from mentoring teen writers to grown ones, I’ve been in this world a long time and bring a particular cheering-on spirit to folks I work with. 

Note: Our work together will be story and writing-centric, but we can also discuss strategy, your pitch if relevant, the children's literature industry, school visit materials, etc.

Testimonials about my previous offerings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had the opportunity to edit three independently-published picture books: MY COLOR IS RAINBOW, C TRAIN, and THE GIRL AND THE SUN, and I've professionally critiqued dozens and dozens of manuscripts over the years.

If you would like to get in touch about my teaching or editing, please let me know—I'd love to hear from you!

"Danielle breathes life into your book and is a joy to work with. Her encouraging energy and attention to detail are unparalleled. After working with Danielle on C Train I felt 1,000 times more confident about publishing the book. I highly recommend her services if you plan on publishing your book or pitching it to publishers."

—Brigette Allen, creator of C Train.

"Story Breath" PB Workshop

"Story Breath": a fresh take on plot and pace in picture books with examples from contemporary titles and an activity to find the unique breath of everyone's story. 1 to 1.5 hours. Online or in-person.

"Theme: The North Star of Your Story" Workshop

How to find the theme of a manuscript in order to let it guide revision and the writer's own journey—plus an activity for using theme to shape a school visit. 1  to 1.5 hours. Online or in-person.

A Meaningful Method for Your Work in Progress

This workshop is supportive, interactive, and will help participants revise a manuscript, reflect on their writing journey, receive inspiration, and revitalize THEIR storytelling—all in one sitting! Well, there will be breaks sprinkled in.

This is truly a meaningful revision method that focuses on you as a writer and your picture book manuscript in a unique way that will have a lasting impact on your story—and your vision of yourself as an artist!

Two scholarships are always available at a significant discount for creators with marginalized/underrepresented voices in publishing—your voices are vital to our field and to children.

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