I’ve been involved with Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge for 2 years. In that time, I’ve written, revised, revised, revised, and revised. However, I realized recently that I have a ton of different picture books, all at different stages, and I really needed to get a handle on what I have and what I need to work on, and honestly, what I need to put away for awhile. I’m getting ready to participate in ReviMo, and I wanted to prioritize what I am going to work on.
I created this Picture Book Status Form and spent some time going through my picture books and evaluating their “status” on my to-do list.
In each section, I make various notes.
TITLE: Write the title or working title of the manuscript.
IN DEVELOPMENT: If I’m still working on the idea or working on a draft, like ideas I got for PiBoIdMo, I just put a check mark in this box.
IN REVISION: If I received notes from a critique partner or revision suggestions from an editor or agent, I make notes to myself here and who made the suggestion (especially if it’s an editor or agent who wants a rewrite).
PUT IN A DRAWER FOR NOW: There are some books I’ve tried to make work and I just can’t figure out how. So if I’m putting them in a drawer, I either check off this box or I write down a date to let it emerge from the drawer. If in 3-4 months, when I pull it out, I still think it’s non-workable, I may put it back in the drawer. However, sometimes 3-4 month wait time might jiggle something loose. I actually make a note to myself on my Google calendar (under my writing calendar) about when I need to pull it back out.
SUBMISSION READY: These are the manuscripts I hope to send out in the next few months. I put a checkmark in this box or write down a name of an editor or agent I’d like to send it to.