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Will agents look at picture book projects that are already illustrated and self-published? tracymarchini.com/2018/03/13/rea…

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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For some more on how picture book publication works, here's some old (and some fresh-ish!) blog posts.

For those just starting to think about writing picture books: tracymarchini.com/2013/03/12/thi…

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That said, publishers *do* want you to love your book. Nobody wants to publish a book the author hates, and your agent is there to help navigate some of these situations.

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Will you as an author get to talk to the illustrator while they work? Usually - no. As an author, you were able to do your creative work without input (except from your editor), and so the illustrator gets the same courtesy when it comes to their creative vision for the book.

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And while that might sound limiting - the truth is that art departments are seeing art from all over and have a very keen eye for what is working in the current market - so they're going to have an even clearer vision of what the book *could* be.

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So, does the author have a say about who illustrates their book with a traditional publisher? Yes, (but mostly) no. You can suggest an artist, but ultimately, it's going to come down to the editor and art director's vision for the book as a whole.

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Plus more practical concerns - is that illustrator available to work within the book's schedule? Do the numbers ($) work for that particular illustrator?

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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.

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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

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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
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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
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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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