Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
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.
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 @TracyMarchiniI 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
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@StephLauBooks @bookendslit I'm going to hand this question off to @TracyMarchini #askagent. I think picture book queries can, in fact, be shorter.
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.
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
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
Stephanie Lau @StephLauBooks@TracyMarchini We often hear that agents must fall in love with both the written work and the art. If you're a picture book author, but you're not sure if your art is ready... is it best to represent yourself as author only (& figure out the rest later) or as an author/illustrator? #askagent
If you don't think the art is ready and you're not wedded to the idea of illustrating all of your own books, then I would just query as an author first. You don't want someone to reject the whole package b/c of the art when they might have loved your words. #askagent
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@ACArthur One thing I've found is agents often represent a broader range of genres than authors, even their own clients often know. #askagent
Good point - can't assume that the agent doesn't rep this new genre, or wouldn't be interested in going out with this book with the help of colleagues, etc. #askagent
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?
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
Stacey Breaux @StaySeeBro@LCCchildrenbook @TracyMarchini Wow. Thank you for this. May I ask, what about lines from poetry?
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
Catherine Klug @catherineklug#AskAgent, guys I'm just curious... I've got a story that could fall well under the #OwnVoices category, but I am not an "own voice" so to speak. Are you still interested in seeing it if your #mswl says you're looking for stuff like it?
#amwriting #amquerying #WritersLifeChat
I'm not sure how this could be true - "own voice" means you're writing from an underrepresented perspective that you yourself have lived (e.g. an author with OCD writes a character who has OCD). If that's not the case, then it's not 'own voices.' #AskAgent