Congratulations! You've written a children's book! 🥳
But what's next? I'll walk you through the process of bringing your picture book to LIFE!
I've compiled a list of questions I'm frequently asked along with insider info about the process of self-publishing your picture book!
For a potential collaboration for your title, contact me! 👇
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for having my book illustrated?
I'm so glad you asked! Obviously, you have researched your options for illustrators and landed on my page. (That is a huge compliment - thank you! 🥰 )
First, if you send me your manuscript, it's extremely helpful in determining if this is a project I can accept and also to give you a more tailored price estimate. I am happy to help you edit your manuscript to fine-tune it and get it ready for illustration.
I send sketches and ideas to the author before storyboarding the book. Once the pages are planned on the storyboard, I'll sketch out the entire book again, this time in full size. From the sketches, I'll create full-color digital illustrations for the entire book, place the text, dedication/copyright pages, etc. Authors are kept in the loop during this entire process.
When the illustration process is complete, you'll be given a complete pdf document formatted for uploading to the self-publishing platform of your choice! You'll also receive a file to be used for the entire book cover.
(Please keep in mind that this is my process. I cannot speak for other illustrators or what they do and do not include in their pricing.)
What is included with your price?
When you hire me as your illustrator, the services I include are:
a manuscript review with edits and feedback (Pages often have to be reworked a bit from the original manuscript for word and page count. This is ok! As the author, you have most likely included a lot of descriptive language, which I could help you show in the illustrations instead of lots of extra text. )
all interior illustrated pages (typically 32 pages)
a full-color front and back cover (this is a $500 - $1,000 value included for free!)
complete pdf file to use for printing on self-publishing platforms, such as KDP, Barnes & Noble Press, etc.
all text and design layout + placement
assistance with self-publishing
Is there a fee to have my manuscript reviewed?
Nope! It's free! I like to take a peek at the manuscript anyway simply to see if it's a good project to collaborate on. Believe it or not, there are definitely things I do not enjoy drawing. Like... a super-detailed mechanical engine. Nope. Super-scary dragon creatures. No thanks! 😅 Cute anthropomorphic characters and kids - yes, please! 😍
Seeing your manuscript in advance, is a great way to save us both some precious time and quickly determine if we are a match. Your time is valuable. If you need illustrations of mechanical parts or the like - do not waste your time on me! 😝
What's the timeline for this process? When can I expect to publish?
The process start to finish (initial edits / storyboard to a fully completed document ready for uploading) takes approximately 4 months. So, you could expect your book to be ready for publishing in about 4 months from when we begin.
(My schedule does not always allow for us to begin immediately! I am very blessed to have a wait list. Please contact me for my next availability!)
How much does it cost to have my book illustrated?
Fees vary from illustrator to illustrator, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 depending on the artist you've hired and complexity of your project. I can give you my best price estimate for your unique project once I have more information regarding the vision for your book, after reviewing your manuscript, and determining your goal timeline. Please contact me for customized info and a price estimate. :)
How often will we meet during this process?
I work closely with my authors throughout the whole process and provide weekly updates. I share sketches from initial ideas in my sketchbook to the storyboard phase. Then the full color illustrated pages, as I complete them. It’s so amazing to see your story being brought to life alongside you! I encourage feedback throughout this entire process because I want you to LOVE your storybook!
Do I need to hire a separate book designer or an art director?
Nope. I have experience and have been trained to create appealing and effective layouts for children's storybooks. Save your money and leave it to me. :)
How do I publish?
When you are ready to share your wonderful book with the world, you have lots of great self-publishing options these days! This list may be a good starting point to help you determine which direction you'd like to go. Do a bit of research to discover the best options for your unique goals and your budget! I also highly recommend registering your book with the Library of Congress. This article provides a quick and helpful overview regarding this. (If that part is overwhelming, ignore it. You don't need to worry about this until closer to the end!)
Do you offer payment plans?
Payment is due in installments. Upon acceptance of our contract, 50% of the estimated project cost is due up front, with the remainder due upon delivery of all artwork. Like many freelancers, my schedule and availability fluctuates. I am a reasonable person and know you are probably excited to begin right away! I also know that it is hard to pay for things so far in advance. For these reasons, if my wait list is longer than 1 year, I am willing to hold your spot with a smaller initial deposit, which will be subtracted from the price of the contracted work. (Please contact me to determine my earliest availability.)
What if the contract is broken?
If the illustrator is unable to complete the items contracted for, due to extenuating circumstances or unforeseen life events, the client will be refunded the full deposit.
If the client breaches the contract after illustration work has begun, initial deposit will be forfeited. (My time is valuable and so is yours! :) )
How does the copyright work?
The illustrator (me! 🙋🏻♀️) retains copyright for all artwork. Artwork in the original book format may be reproduced an unlimited number of times by the author. The author (you! ) retains copyright for all text.
Do we split royalties?
Nope. The royalties from book sales are yours to keep forever.
(Even though I earn zero royalties, I will help you to market your book! I want your book to be a wild success and for you to make tons of royalties! 🥰)
I hope this is helpful! Have more questions? No problem! ❤️
Shoot me a message and I will do my best to answer them for you!
Diana 🌈 🖌