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  • William J. Rockwell posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic AuthorsCatholic Authors 1 year, 2 months ago

    I’ve just completed a children’s picture book for children up to age 5. It has to do with the training of a new puppy. I can’t do the needed drawings. I am considering sending this to a traditional publisher who will use their in-house artists, if they accept it for publication. Does anyone have any experience in this area? This is my second picture book. I wrote one 2 years ago, and an artist agreed to do it (on a after sale commission; no money up front, as many artists require). The artist has not completed the work, and I’m not sure he even began any drawings. When I offered him the job, I promised him I would not press him for completion. I recently asked if he still wanted to do the work, and he insisted he did. I don’t know what to do now, except, if my new one is accepted, “pressure” him by telling him of my success, and asking him to finish the project. Problems with this approach, as told to me by other authors, is that he may do a few great drawings to satisfy my rushing him, and then the quality of his work may deteriorate, something I simply could not stand. I’ve met a few professional artists, but they require over $4,000 up from for the 23 drawings in my book. I can’t afford this. Any ideas, or directions I can go in, other than above.

    • Who do you like for illustrative style? I’ve sent a friendship request. I am an artist, I do many different media but have not done a children’s book. Do you have specific passages or places in the text you want illustrated? I would be quite reasonable for price, it just remains what style you’re looking for. I’ve done many cat pictures and a few dogs. I do pastel, pen and ink, oil, and watercolor. Perhaps you can message me some info about your book. Peace in Christ !

      • Hi, Denise, First, I was thinking of a pen/pencil drawings without color. The book is designed for young children, age 1 to 5, to be read by parents to them. Color may be the best, but I’m not sure. What do you think? I have planned to send the manuscript to a children’s book publisher who accepts text with no artwork, and would use their own artists. They will also accept a full manuscript with copies of the art work. They take 6 months to review either. If you think you would like to try a few drawings for me to see, send me your email to billrockwell203@gmail.com and I’ll send you the full manuscript of 23 pages, including the cover. As to payment, I’m retired, and, although I’d love to see this book in stores etc., I really can’t afford much. Would you consider waiting until published, either traditional (best for income, distribution etc, or self-pub: poor distribution, little money in my experience), and splitting the profits 50/50? There’s no assurance, of course, that the traditional publishers would want to publish the book anyway, so I may have to go self-publishing, as I’ve done with all my novels. I would like to go traditional to get a broader distribution for this book. Send me your email address, and I’ll send the full manuscript, so you can decide either way. May God bless you. Bill Rockwell billrockwell203@gmail.com

        • It is a nice story, nicely done. But I cannot make this project work for me, having given it a lot of thought. Sorry about that, and God bless you in your efforts!!