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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 10 Oct 2018

Publishers pick illustrators for picture book manuscripts based on a number of factors - the style/feel of the manuscript, if there's an illustrator they're trying to break out, if there's a debut author that they'd like to add someone with a fan base to the project, etc.

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 10 Oct 2018

If a 'traditional' publisher asks you to find your own illustrator or offers to do it for you for a fee, this is a HUGE red flag - and I would run from that deal. A traditional publisher will take care of the production of the book - and that includes the art. #querytips

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 10 Oct 2018

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini

I seem to be getting a lot of emails/messages from authors who are confused about how #picturebooks are illustrated, so I thought I'd put together a thread! #amquerying #kidlit #querytips #askagent #amwriting

A traditional publisher will ALWAYS be the one to find and pay the illustrator. If you are writing a picture book and you're not a professional-level illustrator, it is in *your* best interest not to submit any sort of art with the text. #amquerying #picturebooks #querytips

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 10 Sep 2018

Is it a catch-22? Do I need an agent to get published, and to be published to get an agent? #askagent #amquerying tracymarchini.com/2018/09/10/do-…

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 14 Jul 2018

How and where should I put together my online portfolio as an author-illustrator? #AskAgent #kidlit tracymarchini.com/2018/07/14/put…

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 13 Apr 2018

Amanda Jackson @Amanda2Jackson

@TracyMarchini I've read writers shouldn't query editors before agents because agents are turned off by a writer with mss that have already been turned down. While that makes sense to me, I'm curious how important you think that is...? #askagent

#askagent It's not that we're turned off by a rejection, but we can't reshop it to a house that's already seen it, even if another editor at that house may have been another fit. If it's been seen by a bunch of editors already, our hands are tied in what we can do.

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 13 Apr 2018

Kelsey Lasher @KelseyLasher

@TracyMarchini If an agent has rejected your manuscript, is it appropriate to query them with a different manuscript in the future? Thanks so much! #askagent

Replying to @KelseyLasher

Yep - plenty of authors don't end up with representation on the first book they query, and so it's not unusual to query the same agent for a few different projects over a period of time #askagent

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 13 Apr 2018

AC Arthur @ACArthur

#askagent If you make an offer to represent an author for one genre and then the author writes a book in a genre that you don't rep, what would you advise author do with that story?

Replying to @ACArthur

That'd be a discussion with your agent about the genre change and what you'd like to do with your career long-term. It might mean two agents (e.g. one for adult, one for children's) or it might mean you're not a great fit if you want to switch entirely #askagent

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 21 Mar 2018

Stacey Breaux @StaySeeBro

@LCCchildrenbook @TracyMarchini Wow. Thank you for this. May I ask, what about lines from poetry?

Replying to @StaySeeBro

Unless the poem is in the public domain, you'd probably have to seek permission as well. A line from a poem could be considered a significant portion of the text. #AskAgent

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 21 Mar 2018

A. L. Stone @alstonewrites

Can you secure an agent with a WIP? #askagent #amquerying #amwritingfantasy

Replying to @alstonewrites

99.9 times out of 100, the answer is no. There's too much competition - especially in fantasy - to query with anything other than the finished piece. #askagent