What is the format that publishers want book pages to be

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What is the format that publishers want book pages to be

Postby ssly3333 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:34 pm

I’m on disability benefits and trying to get off disability by writing, particularly I'm writing a children's book about a boy who can suddenly fly. I'm an artist, so I will do the paintings for the pictures in the book.
 
My question is: What is the format that publishers want your paintings or original page of the book with words and painting to be (like the type of canvas or paper, canvas and especially what should be the page size)?
 
Do you think it would be fine for me to paint the art work on a 8x11 inch canvas, which is small enough for me to scan on my scanner to make each painting into a jpg file to place in my book or eBook (by shrinking each painting jpg file down to fit the way I want it to look on each page of my book)?
 
I don't have the slightest idea what canvas to paint on, or do I paint directly on a certain size book page? Should it be big pages for the publisher to shrink down (to get better quality)? Where could I find guidelines concerning the size pages the publishers expect me to use? Should I use water color paints or acrylic paints? Sorry so many questions?
 
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Re: What is the format that publishers want book pages to be

Postby wondo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:52 pm

If you are speaking about ebooks on Kindle or Smashwords the books limit is about 5 megabytes so that alone will limit the size of your book. I have done books with flowers and it limits me to about twenty flowers with one decent size photograph per flower. I am guessing (emphasis on guessing) that if you painted on an 8 X 12 canvas and scanned it it would be about right. As to what material to use, I have no idea. There are artists I am sure on this forum that can help with that, or just do some old fashioned trial and error. I don't think that there is a minimum file size on CreateSpace to do POD books. I would have to check and will tomorrow when I am not half asleep. On CreateSpace there are different size books to choose from. I just did one on the most popular 6 X 9 format, but there are other sizes.
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Re: What is the format that publishers want book pages to be

Postby pls » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:04 pm

Publishers (hard-copy) will supply their own artists if a children's book is accepted for publishing, so if you insist on supplying only your own illustrations (including for the cover) your best bet is self-publishing your book. Good luck!
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Re: What is the format that publishers want book pages to be

Postby wondo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:17 pm

I assumed since it was down here that the book was to be self published. But I have been wrong before and probably will be wrong again many more times before I go to that great book publisher in the sky
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