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The Picture Book Academy: The Elite Experience

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The Elite Picture Book Academy Course: a 16 week experience.

16 Week Course:

  • Each week will consist of video lessons that you can do any time during the week that your schedule allows (giving you complete flexibility).
  • To stay on track, each week you will be working on a specific piece of your book so that at the end of 16 weeks you have a professional book ready to pitch!
  • We will take a deep-dive into key areas like page design, character development, and perfecting your illustration style for the correct audience.

Here is what you can expect from this course: accountability planning, step by step directions to create your book, and at the end of it you will have a book to query an agent, query a publisher, or self publish!


Your Instructor


Rachel DiNunzio
Rachel DiNunzio

Hey friends! I can't wait to work with you on your book. I am an author illustrator of 10 books, with a few more in the pipeline! I am also the host of the NEW Book Creator Podcast! I have been in the business for a decade now and previously went to school for a BFA in Children's Book Illustration and the went back to school for a Masters in Publishing to fill in the publishing-business-cracks that I felt was missing.

I know that there are SO many questions as to what is the best way to create your book, and I know first-hand it can be a tough process filled with many hurdles that can get in the way of your completing your dream book! That is why I want to share with you my tried & tested process along with my big learns to help you knock out your book (without all of the headaches) and get it ready for pitching asap!


Course Curriculum


  Welcome To The Picture Book Academy!
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  Week #2: Let’s Start Writing: Understanding Your Book’s Audience, Create Draft #1
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  Week #3: The Anatomy of a Picture Book, Create Draft #2 With Appropriate Anatomy Layout
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  Week #4: Book Interior Design Elements: Page Design, Typography, Book Flow, and Book Mapping
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  Week #5: Book Interior Design: Let’s start illustrating: the thumbnail stage
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  Week #6: Character Design Part I: Concepts, personas, and style development
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  Week #7: Character Design Part II: Emotions, anatomy, medium, and final stylization
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  Week #8: Develop Your Book’s Style, Part I: Creating Sample Illustrations
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  Week #9: Develop Your Book’s Style, Part II: Sample style creation and illustrative strategy
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  Week #10: Put it all together: Dummy Draft #1
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  Week #11: Final Revisions, FINAL Dummy & Cover Design
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  Week #12: Create Your Final Dummy and Professional Illustrator Tips
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  Week #13: Marketing Hacks: Create Marketing Pieces As You Go!
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  Week #14: Create Your Author Website
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  Week #15: Compose Final Book Dummy Ready for Proposal!
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  Week #16: Where Do You Go From Here? & Course Wrap Up
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is a DIY process that should take roughly 16 weeks to complete! Creating a book is a BIG process. That why I've broken it down into bite-sized pieces that you can accomplish each week.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have access to all of the course material for 4 months!
What if I decide I don't want to create my book?
I'd never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 15 days and we will give you a full refund.
What happens if I miss one of the classes?
That's ok! Just catch up on your own time. Remember, you can watch the short videos and access the course materials from anywhere!
Are there payment plans?
Yes! I want to make sure these courses are accessible to EVERYONE. So you can pay up front, or choose a monthly payment plan.
Do I have what it takes to create a book?
This is going to be a fun class! If you are passionate about diving into picture book publishing and have a dream of creating your book, then you have what it takes to see your book through to its finished state!
Is this course for Author-Illustrators?
YES! This course is going to teach author-illustrators how to create a market ready book from beginning to end. Each side of the production needs a great deal of focus and attention, that is why we will be tackling both the writing and illustrating together.

Can't wait to make your book! Talk to you soon, Picture Book Creator!


Rachel

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