Picture This: Choosing an Illustrator for Your Children’s Book

Keeping with our theme of writing and publishing, we thought we’d touch on choosing an illustrator.

There are certainly several different ways to pick your illustrator, but this is how we approach the process at The Winn Group:

We review your manuscript and give feedback on the best layout, type of illustrations and quantity of illustrations. For example, a book geared toward 3 to 5-year-olds needs full color page images with large fonts; whereas, a book for 7 to 9-year-olds would be laid out more like an adult book but with fun chapter layouts and sketched pictures throughout allowing for the reader to use their imagination.

Once we’ve determined the parameters of the job, we show you (the author) many illustrator portfolios to get an idea of what styles you like. After we’ve narrowed it down to two or three, we ask those illustrators to work up a quote for the job along with a rough sketch of the main character to help us make the final decision.

Story board and rough sketches are then begun with final art following approval of the sketches. It’s a really exciting process to watch your book come to life! We enjoy just being a part of the process.

You certainly can find illustrators on your own, but if you’d like help from an expert, we’re always happy to get you started!

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