What makes a picture book a bestseller?

What makes a Children's Book a Bestseller

taught by Will Terry
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David Benham

margie yoder

Anita Bagdi

An other awesome video!

I just love these guys, and again they brought together an other very interesting conversation about picture books! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and opinions. Will, I would love to see and listen about the other half of your book selection! G...

David Benham

margie yoder

Anita Bagdi

I just love these guys, and again they brought together an other very interesting conversation about picture books! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and opinions. Will, I would love to see and listen about the other half of your book selection! G...

Valery Yazykov

Michaela Kinberger

Thanks, for this one. Learned so much. Specially the hidden tips like looking up books at amazon and see how the do. Wish you would have shown more examples from inside the books. but that's maybe for copyright reason.

Wayne Rix

Michael Lopez

I enjoyed this discussion on what makes a children's book a bestseller. The information I received was thoughtful and insightful. It helped expand my own thoughts on children's books and what goes into the making of them. There are several questio...

Frank Johnson III

A lot of great information. Fun to have a guest appearance. Hard to follow and wish the list of "how well a children's book does" was more assessable.

Kathleen Ferry

Rachael Sparks

Really great intro to children's picture books! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a follow up course on some further details of the publishing industry here. How to plan for success and avoid a list of beginner mistakes. Things more specific than "don't cop...

Pamela Couvignou

This course could have been so much better if you showed some of the interior pages of the books. Just seeing the cover was not helpful to the discussion. We didn't need to see the whole book, but just some choice examples of what you were talkin...

Oliver Benavidez

Interesting topic. Enjoyed listening.

Dale Thompson

A very underwhelming ill planned conversation☹️

Anya Johnson

I wish there had been more discussion of time-tested titles like those by Maurice Sendak, etc. Or maybe a whole discussion of all the Caldacott winners from the past and present and which have stood the test of time and which have not and why not?...

Susan Szecsi

Anya Kopotilova

Very useful insight into the best sellers, wish the talk was longer, or perhaps a series of talks on the subject

Cathy Wallace

The information on how to become a successful children's author/illustration is very good. The presentation format leaves a lot to be desired. In spite of that, I would recommend watching it.

Doris Latimore Johnson

Worthy subject, lots of insight. I took notes. But, as a course subscriber, it would be helpful to have a list of the books discussed. We could view the books before the discussion. Gene, the librarian was showing pages. but window is too smal...

Nancy Morrison

Susan Miller-Ceskavich

Catherine Marchand

Very interesting and very helpful.. Thank you for this video.

Larry Whitler

I thought this discussion served those who listened. Three very accomplished professionals in the world of children’s books analyzing what makes a best selling book. It is easier to look at best selling books and point out the positive attributes ...

First Last

Visual: This was an interesting topic! Going on what I learned in this video, the illustrations ( tiny talking heads in boxes and images of picture book covers) plus the words from the tiny heads didn't compliment each other. The talking heads we...

Chris Perry

Being true to yourself and not copying was the message. Even if you try to copy that could have the opposite results. one needs to be bold and 'believe in their product". Great job guys.

Will Terry
Will Terry
Illustrator

About the instructor

Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 26 years. He got his start working for magazines and newspapers in the Washington D.C. area. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, WSJ and ads for Sprint, Pizza Hut, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children’s books for a number of publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Penguin. When he's not mountain biking, hiking, or snowboarding he works out of the svslearn.com office in Provo Utah. 

It's something everyone in the publishing industry wants to know - why do some books sell and some books don't?

We don't necessarily have the magic formula, but our special guest just might! Gene Nelson, who has served on the Caldecott AND Newberry award committees, joins us for our monthly 3rd Thursday webinar to help give us some insight into what makes a picture book a bestseller. With your host kidlit artist Will Terry.

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What Makes A Picture Book A Bestseller
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