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Good advance for YA picture book

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#1 Loewe


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 04:08 PM

The next week I begin to query my book to the agents and today I face the most unpleasant situation im my life.

I have fantasy books with colored (watercolor) pictures. Production of each book costs for me ~ 13-15 thousands USD (translation and art) per one book. I work with real good artists over the world (with well-known names and thousands of followers).

For the book, which in progress now, artist ask me for full payment in advice (~ 10000 USD). I live in Russia and can get this sum only as bank debt with yearly percentage ~40%, because in new economical situation my salary horribly decreased down to 600 USD per month. Yes, bank rob me - it's true.

So, here is the question - which advance/payment will be good for negotiation with agent/publisher as a profitability for my kind of books?


I seft via internet and find different sums for advance - from 1000 USD to 250-500 thousands USD. But I want to hear your opinions.

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 04:57 PM

In my experience in Canada, and from what I understand about American publishing, most publishing editors/agents will not expect to receive a YA manuscript submitted with illustrations. Most YA books are not, in fact, published with illustrations, so your project will be rather unusual to most editors/agents. 


As a result it's difficult to say how large an advance you'd get. I do know that as an unpublished author it would not be unreasonable to expect an advance of $5000 for your manuscript (without art). If they fall in love with it and a bidding war begins, who knows?  


Also, just out of curiosity, have you also considered submitting your manuscript without the illustrations? Would you agree to a sale without the art included?

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 09:32 PM

I'll also add if it's picture books perhaps it's not YA you're trying to achieve. Remember that YA means teens. Hope that helps.

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