I've finished the first draft of the rewrite. The problem? The editor asked me to more than double the number of events in the picture book. Which more than doubled the length.
So now my sweet little just-under-600-words story has...blossomed.... into a 1300 word behemoth.
The thought of a 1300-word picture book pains me.
My husband points out that it reads fine for a K-3 audience, and it's not too long for a book-loving 3 or 4 year old....
All I can think is "If I read this as a bedtime story, my throat would be sore half-way through the first "read it again."
I guess part of my problem is that in my little warped world of pre-schooler and toddler, if a book is too long to be read 3 times in a row, it's too long!