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Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing, A Webinar with Sylvie Frank

Date(s) - 10/19/2020 - 10/20/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing, A Webinar with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster

October 17th, 2020, 10 am Mountain Time


PLOT, PAGE-TURNS, AND PITH: All About Picture Book Pacing

What does pacing really mean? What does it mean for a picture book to be “snappy”? And how does plot function in picture books, anyway? In this hands-on and jam-packed session, we’ll dive into two mentor texts, examining elements that create a well-paced book. Finally, we’ll take a close look at how making a picture book dummy can be an invaluable tool to help you think visually, cut words, and revise the plot in your own work-in-progress.



Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor

Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for kid-focused, snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks.


Free Bonus Event!

Behind-the-Scenes: An author and editor discuss the collaborative process of creating a novel

7 pm October 16th, 2020

Award-winning author Alexandra Diaz and Senior Editor Sylvie Frank share the start-to-finish process of making a novel, from the idea to the bound book—and everything in between. They’ll take a deep dive into the brainstorming, editing, and copyediting process. And for bonus content, Alexandra will discuss the process of translating her own novels from English into Spanish.

New Mexico Authors & Illustrators Picture Book Launch Party

Following the conversation with Alexandra and Sylvie, a panel of New Mexico authors and Illustrators will discuss their newly published books. Free Event!


Alexandra Diaz, Award Winning Author

Alexandra Diaz is the author of The Only Road, which was a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and the recipient of two starred reviews. She is also the author of Of All the Stupid Things, which was an ALA Rainbow List book and a New Mexico Book Award finalist, The Crossroads, and Santiago’s Road Home. Alexandra is the daughter of Cuban refugees and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but got her MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University in England. A native Spanish speaker, Alexandra now teaches creative writing to adults and teens. Visit her online at



Alexandra Diaz will critique the first ten pages of a limited number of middle-grade and young adult manuscripts. The critiques will be written, with a 10 minute Zoom consultation. Please no horror or disturbing paranormal. Critiques are open to members only.

Submissions are due by Oct. 2nd.


*Please note, a recording of these webinars will be available for two weeks after the event!

*When you sign up for this webinar, you will automatically receive a link for “Behind the Scenes” and the Picture Book Panel.