I like to pop in on www.rateyourstory.com to see what they are up to and a recent post caught my eye. It is called Meter Maids Lay Down the Law of Rhyme. It's a great summary of what to consider when working in rhyme with examples from recent picture books. Even if you aren't a rhymer, the concepts translate to prose. Check it out: http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/2012/08/meter-maids-lay-down-law-of-rhyme.html and then give them a shout. (Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)
Lisa Wheeler (www.lisawheeler.com), picture book author extraordinaire, shared this resource for free critiquing from industry professionals. Yes. You read that right. The website is: http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/. I tried it out and Margot Finke was my critiquer. She did a great job finding the sticking points in a new picture book manuscript. And she did it for free, quickly, and effectively. Can't ask for much more than that! Try it!
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