Today’s Power Point lecture topic will be about Dummy Books.

What are they?

Why do we make them?

What goes into a successful Dummy Book?

During the lecture I will also be analyzing both professional and past student examples of successful Dummy Books.

A question & answer session will follow the lecture, then a short 10 minute break.

Part 2:

Students will be presenting their 3 proposals for a 32 page Picture Book project.

Approximately 5 minutes will be allotted per student. During the proposals students must answer the following questions from last weeks assignment:

  1. Project Title
  2. Genre: What type of book will this be?
  3. Target Audience
  4. Why is this topic important to your target audience?
  5. Why do you think there is a market for this book?
  6. Concept/Manifesto : Explain the central theme in a few concise sentences. In essence, an elevator pitch.
  7. Market Research: Are there similar books in print? How would your book be different? Why are you the one to write& illustrate this book?

Part 2 will be split into 2 sessions with a 10 minute break in between.

Course Info

Date: September 3, 2020

Meeting: Online via Zoom Invitations


  1. To familiarize students with the of mechanics of a 32 page picture book dummy.
  2. Understanding industry standards as regards Dummy Books.
  3. Understanding the importance of Dummy Book creation as a method of visualizing a multi-component project.
  4. Understanding the various types of book formats.
  5. Understanding the differences between a standard 32 page trade book and a traditional 40 page book layout.


  1. After today’s Power Point Lecture, students will be presenting and brainstorming projects within a group setting.
  2. If time permits students can begin refining their proposals, and begin the writing process.

To-Do After Class: (Homework 2)

  1. Refine your proposals.
  2. Start writing your (0-800 word) manuscripts.
  3. Start sketching your character designs.
  4. Start breaking down your manuscript and thumb-nail the action.