Do I Need An Illustrator
Do I need an illustrator for my picture book? That is the most frequently asked question of Jon Bard, head of the Children’s Book Insider Club and in this video he will give you you the reasons why you should not.
The second most asked questions refers to doing the illustrations yourself or letting a friend or family member do it. Once again, Jon bard takes us into the world of children’s book publishing and shows us the real reasons why we shouldn’t.
The simple answer is no. Why would you? It is the responsibility of the book publisher to find and pay an illustrator that he believes is a good fit for your story and he will base his decision on how he sees your story in terms of subject matter and what age the book is geared to.
Publishers have some of the best illustrators in the world available at their call to do work for them which they can access at any time. Illustrators hook up with different publishers and they are given work based on the types of illustration they do and the popularity of their work, Many of the best illustrators in the world are paid handsomely for their work so it is best to let the publisher handle this side of the book.
As for the second part of the question, you can go to the library and do a search for all the bestselling picture books. There you will see just how talented these artists really are. You will not be able to compete with them that is why you need to concentrate all your creative juices on writing and crafting the most powerful story you can. In the end, it can hurt your chances for getting your book published.
Your job is to worry about writing the text and leave the illustrations to someone who does it for a living.
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