Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Submitting picture books

I 'm a bit confused. I read on the CBCA website that children's books should not be submitted with pictures, however then I read that illustrators are very busy and difficult to book. Is it better to submit a children's book with or with out illustrations?

If you're an author/illustrator, submit text and pictures. If you're a writer only, submit the text only. It's useful if you know an illustrator who might be appropriate, but quite often publishers have illustrators they use. Just bear in mind that picture books are probably the hardest type of book to get published - many, many people are writing them; very, very few picture books are published each year. Your text would need to be perfect - yes, perfect - to get noticed. So polish, polish, polish until you just can't polish no more.

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