This is a very good explanation as to what makes a story written in rhyme and meter work. Click here to read the whole article
Q: When I go to the bookstore or library for market research, I see a lot of rhyming picture books on the shelves. Kids love picture books that rhyme, obviously. But a lot of editors and agents say that they don’t want rhyming picture book submissions from writers. Why?
A: While it may be relatively easy for a writer to put together lines that rhyme and have illustrative potential….it can be a bit more difficult to write a fully-functioning picture book story which also happens to rhyme. There are a few reasons why—but first, let’s review what makes a story a story.
Whether it’s a picture book or novel, to succeed narratively your manuscript needs an interesting main character who faces a challenge, bumps into at least one obstacle, solves an age-appropriate problem, is somehow changed by the experience, and brings it all home to ‘THE END’ in a satisfying…
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