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    Publishing a children's book

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Rumwriter, Jun 3, 2015.

    If you're writing a children's book intended to have illustrations, do you need to find/collaborate with an illustrator before submitting to a publisher? Or can you submit the manuscript to them, then together find an illustrator to come onboard afterwards?
     
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    My understanding is that the publisher would find the illustrator.
     
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    My understanding is that if you go the traditional publishing route, the editors will find an illustrator of their own choosing for the book.

    EDIT: Ninja'd! :ninja:
     
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    Cats aren't ALWAYS faster than the rest of us!

    ETA: (And now I worry that people will think I've lost my mind. I mean it in reference to the Ninja-ing... is that clear? Am I just making things worse by trying to explain...?)
     
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    Was clear to me :)
     
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    Great, that was easy enough. Here's a new question:

    How do you format the manuscript? Take a picture book that has one or two sentences a page—does that mean that your manuscript should have one two to sentences per page, or should you write it as you would a normal manuscript?
     
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    I believe you're mean to just write it as a normal manuscript. Don't just put a couple of sentences on a page. The publisher will take care of that, as well as how and where the pictures appears. If you're writing a chapter book, even one with illustrations, then you follow the normal format for a manuscript with chapters.
     

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