Alan started using his middle name of James to enable people to Google him: lots of 'Alan Brown's (including other children's authors) but only one 'Alan James Brown'.
Ideas associated with picture books and their narratives:
Clues for artists
(Suspense)/Giving a sense of journey
Circularity (end at start)
tend not to like rhyme
are very picky right now
tend not to finalise contracts until have coedition agreements in other countries
Story books tend to sell better than picture books
12 x double-spread, each = 1 scene
500 words approx
Splits generally left to the editor
Introduction, body of story, resolution/ending
Simple narrative: can be very local (or not!)
Illustrated stories are not picture books
Mechanicals are not picture books
What do the protagonists want?
What is stopping them?
How do they get around it?
Children (same age/older)
Often girls (girls read more)
But girls more likely to read about boys than boys to read about girls
Similarities and differences
Always useful to check whether story has been done before.
After all that we srote our stories, and mine can be found here