Editing Tips

Years ago I went to a conference and attended a session on poetry editing. I think that quite a few of these tips are relevant to the picture book market. One point that relates back to the four exercises I covered earlier, is “Are you being original in your phrases and images? Avoid using clichés!”

Metaphors in Language Learning

While learning Bahasa Malaysia, I have discovered that some birds are metaphors in their language. The children’s dictionary says “owl” in English, for example, but the Malaysian translation is two words: XX bird. Owl is “ghost bird” literally. What would it mean to be a ghost bird? What does a ghost bird do that other