Creating Dummies with Dr. Mira Reisberg at the Children's Book Academy

Creating Dummies: 5 Ways to Make a Picture Book Dummy

What is a book dummy?


Your dummy is a black and white mock-up of your book with 2 color samples either included separately or inserted in the dummy.

This is not supposed to be a final draft; this is simply a rough idea of your entire book! However, it is the clearest most effective way of showcasing your work, so make sure to make it as engaging, exciting, emotional, funny or dramatic as possible.


The Dummy Makes it Easier to Think About:

  • Where Your Page Turns Should Be
  • Incorporating Different Angles and Points of View within the Images
  • Make Each Page a Surprise and a Pleasure to See
  • Whenever Possible, Use Images That Face Right to Guide the Viewer Forward to Turn the Page

There are Many Ways to Create Your Picture Book Dummy

You Just Have to Find Out Which One Works for You!


Within This Instant-Access Course,

You'llLearn How to Create Practical Picture Book Dummies Using:

  1. InDesign
  2. Illustrator
  3. MS Word
  4. Scribus
  5. Hand Glued

So, if You're Ready to Start Your Journey and Get Your Picture Book Dummy Completed and Ready for Publishers, Agents and Editors, Just Click Here or on the Dummy Below!


Class Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Kind Words
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Your Instructor


Dr Mira Reisberg
Dr Mira Reisberg

Dr. Mira Reisberg - The Director of the Children's Book Academy, acquiring Editor and Art Director and former literary agent, co-teaches most of the courses with her fabulous faculty, although some are taught by others. Mira has published award-winning children's books, and helped many authors and illustrators make wonderful books and get them published. Children's Book Academy students have published or contracted over 360 books so far!


Frequently Asked Questions


What kinds of formats will there be?
Most of our courses are a combination of lessons, worksheets, and interviews with experts. Sometimes these are in video format, other times not. With interactive courses, there is also a very active Facebook community page and weekly critiquing webinars, making it very lively and lots of fun. It is a multi-modal approach that works well for different people learning styles.
Who will benefit from this class?
Anyone who has a passion or interest in writing or illustrating books for children.
When does the class start?
If this is an instant access course, access starts today for a full year. If it is an interactive course, the dates will be towards the top of the page with 6 months of additional access, which often ends up being much more. Interactive courses also often include an e-book of course materials.
Are there any specific time requirements?
No. The only time sensitive areas are if you are in an interactive course and want to submit your work for a live webinar critique, there is a specific deadline, and if you join one of the optional critique groups you need to honor your group's critiquing timeline. The weekly webinars also happen at a specific day and time provided in advance, but if you can't make it live, they are also recorded for later viewing.
Do you offer refunds?
We are so sorry, but there are no refunds. Because we give bonus passwords or access to the course at the time of purchase, it is impossible to offer refunds. We appreciate your understanding. However, we do offer a 100% learning money back guarantee for interactive courses, that if you read the lessons, participate and do the work, and at the end of a year, don't feel that you learned a lot, we will refund your money in full.
What do I do if I have further questions?
You can email Mira directly at [email protected] with the title of the course in the subject head.

This course is not open for enrollment.