Well hellooooo. As of today, I am over the moon - my children's book has an illustrator (see The Happiness Thread for more information)! But she and I were discussing today how it would work. When I'm ready to send the book (non-illustrated) off to a publisher, would the illustrator just prepare a two-page spread sheet of her work for the publisher to see? I presume this is how it works, but I am unsure. To put it another way, does the book have to be fully illustrated before sending it off, or is it a matter of the publisher liking my story and then, if they do like it, ask for it to be fully illustrated, too? The children's book is Christianity-based, and Christian publishers tend to want an illustrator on-board when things are sent to them. I'm not sure how it works with secular publishers. Just thought I'd tell you all, in case it mattered. Thanks a bunch!