How to Self-Edit Your Picture Book

You can spend $1000s to pay for manuscript critiques. Or you can learn to edit your own picture books like a pro.

If you don't know how to edit your picture book manuscript, you can:

a. Spend $1000s on critique services

b. Wallpaper your writing space with rejection letters or....

c. Let a professional author & editor teach you how to confidently self-edit any picture book!

Not too tough a choice, right?

But here's the hard part: How can you find someone who can teach you the delicate art of picture book editing without bombarding you with jargon, complex explanations and massive learning curves?

Relax. We've already found her. 😀

Join editor and author Natascha Biebow for How to Self-Edit Your Picture Book, a comprehensive workshop for writers & writer/illustrators that will teach you how to reshape and fix any picture book manuscript.

The secret? Natascha's simple but powerful system of Micro Edits & Macro Edits.


Natascha will take the mystery out of self-editing picture books and give you the tools to painlessly reshape and fix any picture book manuscript.

In this comprehensive class you'll learn:

  • How to use Macro Editing to improve everything from the opening to the ending, your pacing, page turns and climax, and ensure that your character motivation and hook are rock solid.
  • How to use Micro Editing to scrutinize your word choice, make those verbs active, and delete unnecessary adjectives and adverbs.
  • How to create vivid scenes using the right words to show, not tell.
  • How to delete unnecessary repetition and sub-plots and make sure every precious word in your manuscript is needed and in just the right place.
  • How to take all these changes and seamlessly re-knit your story into a much stronger picture book.

It's the simplest, most powerful picture book editing system we've ever seen, and you'll learn it all – and you'll use it the rest of your writing life!

Your Instructor

Natascha Biebow
Natascha Biebow

Natascha is the founder of literary consultancy Blue Elephant Storyshaping and Editorial Director of Five Quills Press.

Her deep understanding of what makes young readers laugh — and why — has been honed over the past 25 years, and through her work with such award-winning authors and illustrators as Jane Clarke, Kes Gray, Garry Parsons, Marion Deuchars and Kate Petty.

Natascha is the author of The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons, illustrated by Steven Salerno, winner of the Irma Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. Her other titles include Elephants Never Forget, and Is this My Nose?

Natascha has a BA in Developmental Psychology from Smith College and a Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education Pedagogy.

In 2018, Natascha was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her services to children’s book writers and illustrators.

Here's What's Included:

  Full Workshop & Handouts
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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