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HeyJoie Art - How to have your children's book illustrated
Have you ( or your boyfriend or family or neighbour ) a children's book script that has been worked on for hour, carefully prepared, processed and checked.... and now it's time to be revived with nice watercolours, gouaches or color? I' m getting many requests to illustrate children's literature.
Nowadays it seems that everyone has an invention for a book or is working on a book - you too! You' re sure your editor will find one for you. In fact, illustrated artists like me keep throwing art work patterns, post cards and book rubbish at them! Editors have well-trained art directors who are able to choose the best artists for the profession once they have bought your book.
You wrote your book and think that the next thing to do is to illustrate the whole thing before you throw it around. "It' a storybook, that's why it needs pictures," you say. Well, why not your children's book? Now, the children's book business is a little different. Remember: A publishers gets a copy of your script and- sacred bitch, it's astonishing!
She' s got the ground under her feet, and she wants to give you a three-booker now! is that the script came with 32 pictures, and they're horrible. They may be great artwork, but they just don't go well with your work. But because they came with the script, they are now bound together.
On the mud heap goes your book. If you submit your script with your own art work, you must impress it not only with your font, but also with your friend's/artist's illustration and the two pair of pictures. It' s hard enough to hear your voices in the total sacophony that is our modern day life - do you really want to make your opportunities to be published smaller?
If you really like the artist you've chosen, there's a good chance your company will find a better fit! I get support from the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators: Now, I just want to submit a few artwork as possible proposals. If you really want to, you can only be sure to write this down in your covering letters.
But if you'd never been published, I wouldn't do it. If you want your script to need illustration to be interpreted, I will be supported by the SCBWI again: However, an exemption from this is if your book is a very high level approach like Henré Tullet's Press Here.
Okay, so how am I gonna get published? It is a very similar procedure to getting the work in children's books (or any other industry) for us graphic designers. Creating and submitting contents. Practise your trade, add more contents and resubmit them. Make your research. Register only with publishing houses that suit your work well.
Participate in a course, practise, produce and resubmit contents. But what if I would rather go public myself? Self-publication is an entirely feasible choice, but you need to know if it is right for you. It is an incredibly costly, challenging and time-consuming choice, even with the simplicity and accessibility of today' marketplace.
Let's begin with the most apparent costs: the illustration. The CJSC Pricing and Ethics Manual (13th edition) states that the appropriate pricing for the illustration of a 32-page hard cover book (including book jacket) is between $3,000 and $12,000. The design of a book is a very complex and time-consuming procedure.
You' re going to have to push, apply and apply for your book on your own - it's going to take a lot of research and work. Self-publication can be a way to be successful and creative. I don't want all those whistling and ringing, I just want to make a beautiful souvenir for my children.
The book can be written, printed using a POD (Print on Demand) tool such as CreateSpace or Lulu.com. As the book is mainly for your own use and you have a limited price, you can try to find a college or college graduate instead of a pro to make your artwork for you (but yes, you still have to buy it).
Many children's book issues arise because of misconceptions about the business and the process - but now you are more literate and can go on to make the most astonishing children's book you can do! As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, you have the opportunity to gain valuable resource, publisher contacts and a portfolio of illustrators:
Article with further information on the (NOT) joint submission of scripts and works of art: Publication information for the children's book industry: For more information on self-publication: Guideline for getting in touch with an artists you want to hire: