When it comes to what picture book publishers are looking for, there are general please-don’ts some editors and agents have posted over the last few years.
One I have seen a few times is “no cute cats or dogs stories.”
Nothing wrong with the above, it’s just that the market is saturated.
And yet, I keep seeing more picture books that are new with feline or canine protagonists.
Another is no rhyming stories.
I keep seeing those, also. And I’m glad, because as rhyming has gone out of fashion in “serious” poetry, its last vestige is in picture books, and we all *love* rhyme when done well.
Here’s a good example—
May I suggest we write the stories we most want to write and more-or-less ignore these please-don’ts?
& Tell great stories &