Picture Book Status Updates

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.

Click on the image to download the PDF of this form.

Click on the image to download the PDF of this form.

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.

Download the PDF of the Picture Book Status Form

Download the Google Docs version of this form to make changes yourself 



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  1. thank you for sharing the form. This is my first year and I am so excited about it,

  2. On today’s to-do list is to organize all my works in progress. I’m so glad I saw your post first. You saved my having to come up with the record form from scratch. Thanks, Marcie!

  3. A straight-up good idea! Thanks for sharing, Marcie.

  4. Big thanks again, Marcie! :0)

  5. This is SO what I need right now. Thanks Marcie!!

  6. This is excellent. I have something similar, but I like your organization better.

  7. Thanks, Marcie!

  8. Thank you for sharing your log, Marcie. I have always relied on my memory and manila folders to help me keep track. It’s time I use a sheet like this. I prepared one for all my submissions. Don’t know why I haven’t thought of preparing a log for work in progress. Thanks!

  9. This is AWESOME Marcie! Thank you so much for sharing your idea!

  10. Marcie! THANKS, great tool….and perfect for kicking off 12×12 in 2014.

  11. I love this form! Thank you so much for sharing. What a great organization tool.

  12. Marcie, you are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!