Hello, dear viewers. It has been a while since I’ve posted, and for that, I do apologize. I’ve had a new idea for a series of posts, which I hope you will enjoy. A couple of (gulp) years ago, my dear friend Jess presented me with a children’s story she had written and asked me if I would illustrate it. Now, people ask this of me once they find out I am an illustrator, and usually I tell them it is easier to get published by simply sending a manuscript out with a great cover letter to publishers. (i.e. Illustrations are not necessary to the children’s story submissions process, unless of course, you are an author/illustrator.)
The reason I tell them this is that usually publishers like to pair their illustrators and writers. If you send a manuscript with a sheaf of drawings, you will most likely be chucked into the dreaded “slush pile.” However, if you take the time and effort to create a dummy book, you may luck out and get your book picked up by a publisher. I love my friend Jess, and because her story is really great, I said “yes” to creating a dummy with her. She sweetly said for me to take my time and design it how I wanted.
Oh Jess, you may have wanted to set up deadlines with me—unlimited time means I take a looong time. Anyway, she has agreed that I can share the process here on the blog if it helps me finish the dummy book. Today I have a picture of some storyboards I created in the beginning to get the flow of the story just right, along with an actual book I created to craft how the pictures would fit with the type.
For reference on how to create a dummy book I highly recommend Uri Shulevitz’s Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books. Published in 1985, it is still the greatest resource I have found on creating a book for submission from start to finish.
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