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#1 kiremma


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 09:22 AM

Hi everyone -


I'm asking for some help with designing an illustrated book proposal.  I've written several books so far myself including via a literary agent, direct to publisher, and POD.  Most of my books have focused on an area of medicine in order to better educate affected consumers, so I am familiar with the traditional book proposal.  My situation is that now I am wanting to look at proposing a children's illustrated children's book after having talked with some administrators at my kids' school, and I am looking for help with the process.  I haven't gotten a clear picture of what to do from online sources, so I thought I'd turn here.  


I don't have an illustrator, and it seems that many publishers prefer to bring their own illustrator to the party.  Or do I go ahead and find an illustrator and commission them to complete the drawings up front?  Another thought is that perhaps I draft ideas of what I would like to see on each page in terms of matching a drawing with the text. 


As for the writing, do I simply write the text of my book (age target = 5-7 years) and include the full text in the proposal?  The total amount of text will be quite simple, probably no more than 300 words throughout the book.  And, there are no competing books in this topic so I don't know if I would need to include competing title in the proposal as well.  


Finally, is there a sample illustrated book proposal online somewhere that I'm missing?  I've looked through a lot of query pages but haven't found a good example.  If I just focus on the traditional parts of a proposal (background, previous works, marketing plan, etc.), I'm prepared to do that as well.


Thanks for any help you can give.  

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 05:43 PM

I don't know too much about publishing children's book, but since I don't think you're planning to be your own illustrator, you should just allow the publisher to find the illustrator. This blog post talks a bit about the illustration notes that you can send with your manuscript: http://bookendsliter...ture-book-text/ That's about the extent I can give you, but I hope it's at least a bit helpful.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 10:00 AM

Regarding illustrators, you're right that most publishers prefer to handle matching illustrator with story; at least that's my understanding.


What concerns me is you said there are no other competing titles. That's usually a bad thing. It can mean there's no market. I suggest opening up a bit on what you see as competition and in your proposal note why your book would be different and how it would address a need that the others aren't addressing.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 04:38 PM

Join the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. scbwi.org


They can help you through the world of children's books.

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