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If you are published in Trade, and you never corresponded with the illustrator during the editing/publication process, what is the etiquette for once the book is published? There are no launches where I am these days, so I'm wondering if authors have ever got in touch on line with illustrators to say hi, gush on their work, and say thanks? I don't want it to sound like the illustrator is not 50% of the book. Thanks for your input.
#1 - September 21, 2021, 04:03 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
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I haven't done this, but I have seen it. You can reach out and thank the person for taking on your text and making it the best book. You may also want to try doing events together, even if virtual, and boosting each other on social media.
#2 - September 21, 2021, 06:05 PM
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Julie, I've gotten in touch with some of my illustrators whose work I love. I still remember the first time I did this--for my  first magazine story that was accepted. Sylvia Long illustrated it and it was so darling with her characteristic bears and she was delighted to hear from me. It is lovely to be able to express your joy and thanks. Don't hesitate. And tell her many blueboarders think her cover is beautiful too :)
#3 - September 21, 2021, 06:37 PM
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I just did this for my upcoming picture book. I just congratulated herm complimented the work and said that I hoped we be able to work on something else in the future.
#4 - September 22, 2021, 05:37 AM
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Yes, for the two books that I have out or are just about out, when we did the cover reveal I asked my editor if it was OK for me to reach out to the illustrator and give them a heads up that we were doing a cover reveal as it feels weird, to me, as an author, to get all the "congrats" and such when the cover has hardly anything to do with me! And each time the editor said yes.

So I DMd them on Twitter, thanked them profusely for their beautiful work and let them know that we were doing a cover reveal and I hoped they were OK for me tagging them on it. My illustrator for FREAKY, FUNKY FISH and I communicate occasionally through DM and she is illustrating the next book in the series due out next fall. I've never had more conversations with my illustrator for TELL SOMEONE though I certainly tag him in anything about that book.
#5 - September 22, 2021, 06:26 AM
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Yes, I've done this. I also friended the illustrator on Twitter and tag her on things to do with the book.
#6 - September 22, 2021, 06:57 AM
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Yes, I contacted the illustrator through his website to express my appreciation for doing such a great job with the book.
#7 - September 22, 2021, 08:18 AM

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Yes! All of them! I recommend.
#8 - September 22, 2021, 08:32 AM
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Yes, absolutely! They have always been most appreciative, and, these days, we can follow each other on social media and send encouraging messages.
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#9 - September 22, 2021, 10:26 AM
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Thank you so much for all your great feedback. : )
#10 - September 22, 2021, 03:56 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Nov. 2021

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I just realized I should have stated that all my books are wfh, so there hasn't been the same level of launch and promotion.
#11 - September 22, 2021, 06:52 PM
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I just realized I should have stated that all my books are wfh, so there hasn't been the same level of launch and promotion.

Yes, I understand, Debbie. Thanks for clarifying.

#12 - September 23, 2021, 04:44 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Nov. 2021

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Oh gosh, absolutely! I friend them on social as well and make sure they're tagged in posts, reviews and promo stuff. I was actually lucky enough that the illustrator of Luis and Tabitha was living fairly close to me when the book came out, so we even got to do an event together in Seattle! Such a great experience. :)
#13 - September 25, 2021, 04:34 PM
Luis and Tabitha, 2018
Very Lulu, 2019
Five Sisters, 2020
Axolotls: Day to ZZZ, 2022
Quacks Like a Duck, 2022
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Turns out all went well. We don't connect on social media - he's visual (IG, FB) and I'm on Twitter. But he was grateful for the email. : )
#14 - September 26, 2021, 04:35 PM
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Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Nov. 2021

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I remember at the one and only SCBWI event I was able to attend before we went back into lockdown, some illustrators were talking about how they enjoy being acknowledged because they rarely get as much credit as they deserve.  ::-)
#15 - September 27, 2021, 11:25 AM

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Wow that's such a shame. The more I learn about picture books, the more I am in awe of illustrators and their work. It truly is a team effort.
#16 - September 27, 2021, 03:57 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Nov. 2021

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The more I learn about picture books, the more I am in awe of illustrators and their work. It truly is a team effort.

This. One hundred percent.
#17 - September 27, 2021, 06:12 PM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, May 2021)
Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, October 2021)
Peculiar Primates (Running Press Kids, October 2022)

Although I've actually met only a couple of people who have illustrated "our" books, I have exchanged gifts with some of them, including one artist giving me an original illustration from our book. The illustrator who's working on my next PB has been sending me rough sketches, which is a first:)
#18 - September 28, 2021, 11:25 AM
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