Posted by: nancyisanders | March 28, 2020

NF PB BIO Step 5 Footnotes

Very Oldest Pear Tree from Albert Whitman website)

As we’ve been moving forward on writing a nonfiction picture book that is a breakthrough topic, in my last post I talked about gathering my research.

I also mentioned that I usually put together my bibliography right at the beginning. It makes it so much easier to track research as I’m typing my manuscript into a document. Every day I can just copy and paste from my bibliography into my document to track where I got that fact that I stated.

To show you what that looks like, I created a pdf document of my most recent picture book, THE VERY OLDEST PEAR TREE. (release date August 20, 2020…CLICK HERE to pre-order it on Amazon). In this pdf document I included the first 3 pages of my manuscript. It’s a work in progress but it’s getting near the final shape as I had gone in and included the publisher’s name and the illustrator’s name on my manuscript.

I just want to make it clear that the publisher NEVER saw this version of my manuscript, however. This is my research reference ONLY. When I submitted any version to my publisher, I always went through and deleted all my footnotes. This is just for my frame of reference.

In other words, I kept one version for myself to track all my research, and then I made a second copy of that version, deleted all my footnotes, and then sent it to the publisher.

Hope this give you an idea of how I track my research while I’m typing out my picture book manuscripts.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Here’s the pdf to show you how I add in footnotes:

The Very Oldest Pear Tree with footnotes


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • You’re welcome! So glad this helps!

  2. Invaluable. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you for sharing this – I’ve been wondering how to keep track of my facts and seeing how you do it is very helpful!

  4. Thank you, Nancy. You make everything clear.

    • I’m so glad this is making sense!

  5. Thanks. This is insightful.

    • I’m so glad you’re finding these posts helpful!

  6. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing the pdf example.

    • You’re welcome! A picture is worth a thousand words!

  7. YES!

  8. This was very helpful, Nancy. Your organizational ideas are great! Thank you!

    • So glad you’re finding these tips helpful!

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