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Should Picture Book Submissions Include Illustrations?

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Should Picture Book Submissions Include Illustrations?

Postby buckleupp » Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:33 am

I have a picture book ready, manuscript wise, but don't have an illustrator. Should I start submitting it to publishers without illustrations?

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Re: Should Picture Book Submissions Include Illustrations?

Postby devildogwhite » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:10 pm

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How do I find an illustrator? Should I get someone to illustrate my picture book before I submit it?

Almost always: no. The editor who purchases your picture book manuscript or the art director at that publishing house will ultimately choose the illustrator. Except in rare circumstances, it is seldom a good idea for authors and illustrators to collaborate together before publication. Illustrators are better off researching the market and submitting their work directly to publishing houses. If you are a writer, you don't want to illustrate your manuscript yourself unless you are a professional. There is also no need to describe the illustrations in your submission. If your manuscript doesn't come to life visually without being explained, then it probably needs work. If the story needs to be told by the illustrations, then mention that briefly in your cover letter. Perhaps include a separate page with annotations for the illustrations (so titled), but do not clutter the main manuscript with explanations.
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Re: Should Picture Book Submissions Include Illustrations?

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