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Want to Publish A Children’s Book? Here’s How Pt 2

I recently spoke about creating a picture book for children and some of the things you need like proper wording, editing, and a good illustrator. Allow me to elaborate on what it means to have a good illustrator.

Of course, the illustrator needs to have artistic talent, but the definition of artistry, especially as it pertains to YOUR book, means something different for everyone. The author creates the words on the page, but it’s the illustrator who helps bring those same words to life via colors, shapes, designs, etc... A successful author/illustrator collaboration means that both parties are on the same page (no pun intended) when it comes to conveying the message of your book.

That said, how do you go about finding the perfect illustrator?

Finding the right illustrator doesn’t have to be difficult. As with any other choice for your book (content, publisher), you must do your research when it comes to choosing the right illustrator. Things to look for include:

-Design: Are you looking for watercolor, sketching, color vs. black & white?

-Price: How much does the illustrator charge per page? Royalties vs. one-time payment?

-Credit: Does the illustrator want credit on the front cover, on the acknowledgment page?

These are just a few things to look for when it comes to finding an illustrator for your book. In any case, a contract should be drawn up and signed to protect the interest of both parties. You can find a generic one online and add in any other points you.

Where to find illustrators

Illustrators are always out there on the hustle looking for work. You can find a few on Facebook groups or use sites like Upwork or Fiverr. These sites specialize in ready-to-work creatives and may help keep costs down. But again, as with any option, always do your research.

Traditional Publishers

If you self-publish, but would prefer to submit to traditional publishers, usually, they prefer the wording only because traditional publishers often have their own artists who do the illustrations. Double-check each publisher’s guidelines before submitting.

Has this been a help to you? Do you have any questions? If so, you can submit all questions to info@happyislandpress.com and I’d be happy to answer them. Also, check out my latest picture books and coloring books available on Amazon.

Happy reading and keep writing!


Founder/creator Happy Island Press

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