Frequently asked questions
Over the years, there have been a few questions that arise during conversations with students and others.
Although there are no dumb questions, there are dumb answers. No, I'm just kidding. The following are a few of those similar questions that I hope will either answer or at least point you in a general direction where you can continue on your creative path.
I will be adding more questions and materials as time goes on, so check back on occasion to see if there is additional information.
Does an author have to have their book illustrated before they send it to a publisher?
No. It is actually frowned upon by most publisher when they receive a manuscript that is already illustrated by someone other than the author. If they don't like the art work, they will reject the manuscript out of hand. So, your best bet is to simply send in a well prepared, well formatted manuscript to the publisher in the hope that they will like your story and will ask to publish it. Let them worry about the illustrator. You then can get started on your next manuscipt.
Now, I know that many of you may be thinking that authors have control over who and how an illustrator creates images for your story. Sorry to disappoint! The illustrator has their vision, too! Let them do their job of creating images that bring your story to life!
How does an author or illustrator contact a publisher?
The first thing I would suggest that you do is join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)! This is a great group of professional and beginning authors and illustrators who know the business. The group teaches professional approaches to good writing, illustrating and business practices.
Check out the website for information on joining; www.scbwi.org .
There will be more questions answered in this area in the future whenever I can think of them. Check back often to see if there is anything new!