Upon researching what makes a successful children’s book, I found this page which seemed to be very interesting to me, and relevant to what I am doing for my final major project. The page is about the factors which make up a successful children’s books.
“A good picture book tells a compelling story in thirty-two pages,” said Margaret Anastas, an editor at Harper Collins Kids, “which is very difficult to do.”
http://thewritepractice.com/childrens-book/ (accessed 25th January 2016)
These are all points to consider when finalising my narrative for my FMP, as this would be a good place to start and I will then work the rest of my story around these points.
Another site that I found particularly helpful was this one: http://www.parents.com/fun/entertainment/books/secrets-of-successful-childrens-book-authors/ (accessed 25th January 2016) because it is from the authors point of view. They make some very important points about communication with the audience.
Lynne Chapman who is a very successful illustrator with over 30 published childrens books has a blog, and so reading the entries, especially this one:
http://lynnechapman.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/getting-your-work-seen.html (accessed 25th January 2016)
has given me lots to think about when it comes to my illustrations as well as tips to get noticed within the childrens publishing industry.