So you want to write and publish an illustrated children’s book… but the illustration part has you stumped, because you are in no way a visual artist. And, come to mention it, the publishing part is a bit of a head-scratcher too. Before you put that dream aside, or call up that friend of your sister who has a cousin who maybe did a book once and/or fancies themselves an artist, consider contacting a professional! From illustrations and writing for various age groups to layout and production it all makes a huge difference when you have professional assistance. And it might cost less than you think.
#1 ~ DO hire a professional illustrator, editor and design/production team!
- One of the most exciting parts is collaborating on artwork. Your illustrator will expertly design and develop your characters and setting. A professional who fits with your style can not only interpret the notes your give them but add value and nuances that you might not have thought of – visually representing how special your unique characters really are, so that your story comes to life on the page. And, for younger students reading your book, these colours, shapes, details will bring the book to life for them too!
- Writing is another key aspect! Does your text rhyme, is it lyrical or made up of short sentences? For different age groups, such as number of syllables in words, the number of words per sentence, phrasing, etc. make a difference in reading at grade level and even helping with comprehension when kids are learning to read (artwork can help here too). A professional editor can help make sure that your story flows and is at the reading level for your target audience.
- The end result in terms of image and text placement (nothing important lost, key things front and centre), colours, quality overall are also important. Again some of this depends on your target age group (and budget of course). Most children’s books are printed on on standard stock, in standard sizes. However, if your audience is younger you might adjust the cover or page stock to add a bit more durability without increasing your cost that much. A professional production team can work with you on best fit and price for your book, helping you achieve what you want for and works best for your audience.
Avoid amateur, cookie-cutter output! Instead go for a professionally completed book just like the big guys publish. Your audience will appreciate it!
And, after all, the most thrilling part has got to be when it’s all done – the moment you are holding your finished book in your hands for the very first time. Nothing beats the excitement when open your very own book and you see it’s all not only as you first imagined – it’s even better.
Now’s the time to dust off that story, make some room on your bookshelf, and get some help to publish it professionally!
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