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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Time between booking an illustrator to publication
« Last post by Ev on July 15, 2021, 04:30 PM »
A lot depends on the illustrator your publisher has chosen. If the illustrator is really busy and already has a lot of projects they've agreed to do, then it could easily take as long as the timeline you've laid out.

But I agree. It does seem like a long time to wait for your first book. I'm sorry.  :green
Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by natalie-cohn on July 15, 2021, 03:02 PM »
Just curious if anyone’s getting rejections or maybe there just waiting to tell the winners they won and no one else?  I thought they were aiming towards this October to publish but maybe not because it’s almost the middle of July.
Hey everyone! Just received a message from my publisher that we have an artist on board for my upcoming picture book! I'm excited but I was told we wouldn't have initial sketches until June 2022, final art by January 2023 and then go to print in spring of 2024. This feels like a long time to me but this is my first book so I wanted to ask is this a typical time frame or is this long? Thanks for your help!
Thank you, Vijaya and Debbie! I do have a website with a portfolio on I usually include that link with my queries in addition to the dummy book.
Research / Fiction PB that covers both childhood and adulthood of a character?
« Last post by hue on July 14, 2021, 06:46 PM »
So I am researching Fiction PBs (not biographies) that cover both the childhood and adulthood of a human-like (non-animal) character,

I have a few books in mind, such as
  The heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers,
  Sandman by William Joyce.
  The fantastic flying book by William Joyce.

Do you know more fiction PBs like this? Thank you so much!
As an author only, they say have three manuscripts submission ready. But for artists, I'm not sure. Do you also have a portfolio of your art?
:welcome Victoria.  I think what you have is sufficient to query. Good luck!
Hello! I am an author-illustrator and I have a number of book projects I'm working on. One of them is in a full dummy format ready to pitch with two full-color illustrations. I have 6 others that are in various stages of development, including polished writing but only black and white thumbnail sketches and concept sketches for the art.

If one were to query an agent with the completed dummy and received interest to talk and see more, how polished should the other projects be? Do I need to have one or two other fully completed dummies? Or is a manuscript with thumbnail sketches sufficient?

Thank you!

Picture Books (PB) / Re: Querying Agent vs. Publisher
« Last post by Vijaya on July 14, 2021, 08:27 AM »
:welcome Katie. Rose has outlined a good plan. It really depends on whether you want to have an agent at this stage. If so, query them. They might want to see what else you have so you might want to wait until you have 3 polished PBs. On the other hand, some children's publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts so you can try directly. Here's a place to start: As long as it's not gone out to more than a handful, I'd say it's not widely shopped around and you can still send it to an agent. If an agent accepts you as a client, make sure you give them your submission history of that story. Good luck!  FWIW, I don't have an agent.
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