Should I include illustrations with my picture book manuscript when I submit it to publishers?

Beginning Writer’s Answer Book edited by Jane Friedman

No, the publisher will choose the illustrator. Writers do not need to find an illustrator or offer illustration suggestions. If your story will be unclear without illustrations—you have included pages where the story is told entirely by the picture, for instance—include illustration notes within your text.

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  1. ShannMann

    I’ve been doing a lot of research in this area looking to get my own picture book manuscript published. What I have found is they will accept illustrations IF you are a professional illustrator submitting a manuscript. Google “Picture Book Manuscript Submission Guidelines”, you will get a list of publishers and their submission guidelines. Read each one carefully, to be sure you fully understand what is necessary, what is allowable, and what will get your manuscript sent to file 13. I hope this helps and good luck!

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