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« on: February 19, 2009, 11:37:09 AM »
If one is going to send a children's book, unsolicited, to publishers, do the illustrations need to be done first before the publishers will accept it?

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Re: book publishing question
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009, 03:25:02 PM »


Most unsolicited books do not get a second glance these days ...


If one is going to send a children's book, unsolicited, to publishers, do the illustrations need to be done first before the publishers will accept it?
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Re: book publishing question
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2009, 03:29:49 PM »
If one is going to send a children's book, unsolicited, to publishers, do the illustrations need to be done first before the publishers will accept it?

You should sent a query letter to publishers first. Here is a link on what a query letter is and what is should contain. Lots of luck! :)

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009, 05:14:28 PM »
Oh, Royaltybuff, you forgot to include the link.

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Re: book publishing question
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009, 05:45:28 PM »
If one is going to send a children's book, unsolicited, to publishers, do the illustrations need to be done first before the publishers will accept it?

Heavens, NO. Unless you are a professional illustrator, publishers do not want to see illustrations. Also, do not hire an artist yourself; publishers have entire departments devoted to pairing illustrators with texts.

So few publishers will accept unsolicited manuscripts anymore that it's almost a waste of postage. Instead, grab yourself a copy of The Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market and study up on which publishers accept the type of book you've written, as well as submission policies. I also recommend joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. (Yes, even before you've been published.)
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Re: book publishing question
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 08:44:16 PM »
Thank you VERY much, everyone!

Sarushka, that's too bad!  I have an old friend who is a fantastic illustrator and her style of drawings would go wonderfully with my idea! 

Thank you Sarushka and royaltybuff for the links.

BTW, my idea is Romanov-related, which is why I post it here.  : )

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Re: book publishing question
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2009, 09:37:50 PM »
Sarushka, that's too bad!  I have an old friend who is a fantastic illustrator and her style of drawings would go wonderfully with my idea! 

If a publisher does decide to buy your manuscript, you can always suggest your friend to the art department. But submitting art with text is very much a red-flag that will mark you as an amateur.

Aside from writing the best book possible, the most important things you can do to increase your chances of publication are:

1. Know the standards and characteristics of your intended genre (many authors will say you should read 100+ books in your genre before you write one)
2. Be familiar with the market
3. Follow submission guidelines to the letter

If you have more questions, feel free to PM me. Children's literature is my profession.
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