Hello there, everyone. I have begun the process of writing a novel. I want this novel to be for teens, and I want to include pictures in it. The format will be similar to a japanese light novel where there will be 1, maybe 2 pictures in each chapter(the chapters will be approximately 5000 words each). I am really set on this idea. However, after a bit of research I found out that publishers often look down upon the idea of having the pictures included in the manuscript, and usually the publisher finds an illustrator for you. I really am not fond of this, because I would really like to find someone myself, as I want a specific drawing style. Is it really that big of a deal to have your own illustrator as opposed to having the publisher pick one for you? If it is a big deal, I will probably get rid of the pictures altogether. Also, I have another question. How would one go about including pictures in a manuscript? Can someone possibly show me an example of how to execute this properly? I am using Microsoft Word to write my manuscript. Thank you for reading!