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Does anyone know if Pockets prefers to use their own illustrator for puzzles or if they prefer any necessary illustrations to be included in the writer's submission? With Highlights, I've found that they don't mind receiving just illustration suggestions with puzzles, but I'm not sure if other magazines work they same way.
#1 - November 17, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Not sure whether you're referring to illustrations that are an integral part of the puzzle itself, or whether you're talking about illustrations that simply add to the eye appeal of the puzzle or help it to tie in with a particular theme.

Pockets certainly doesn't mind submissions not having illustrations, because they've published several of my puzzles without them.  It's probably a good idea for the formatting of the puzzle to look as professional as possible, but they often like to add their own take on how the puzzle looks on the page, including illustrations that may connect with their theme.

If you're a professional illustrator, then it's fine to illustrate your puzzles.  If you're not, it's fine to simply make suggestions--assuming the illustrations are an integral part of the puzzle.
#2 - November 26, 2010, 06:44 AM

Thanks--I was indeed talking about illustrations integral to the puzzle. I really have no skill for illustrating so I don't intend to attempt it. I'll just make suggestions.
#3 - November 26, 2010, 09:15 AM
The Echo Room (Tor Teen, 2018)
Where Futures End (Penguin, 2016)


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