From the Picture Book Editor's Desk

   Watch Promo

Sylvie Frank is an editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Prior to joining PWB, she worked as an editor at Holiday House. She's edited dozens of picture books, and brings her expertise to 12 x 12.

Among other topics, Sylvie discusses:

  • How a Publishing House (In this case, Simon & Schuster) is organized
  • What is an imprint?
  • What do editors mean when they describe a book as 'commercial,' 'literary,' or 'high concept.'
  • Is there a standard word count that editors look for in picture books?
  • How do editors feel about art notes? When should you use them and when should you leave them out?
  • To rhyme or not to rhyme, that is the question
  • What inspires her to acquire a book
  • What she is currently looking for in picture books

Your Instructor

Sylvie Frank
Sylvie Frank

Sylvie joined Paula Wiseman Books in January 2013. Authors and illustrators she works with include Donna Jo Napoli, Tammi Sauer, Scott Magoon, Taeeun Yoo, Susan Vaught, N.H. Senzai, Jewel, and Melissa Gilbert. She focuses on realistic fiction, particularly literary middle grade, and character-driven picture books. She also edits picture book nonfiction, including narrative nonfiction and picture book biographies. Before joining Paula, Sylvie was an editor at Holiday House.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Get started now!