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Hello everyone,

I saw (or thought I saw...) on here a post about copyright and publishing pictures on websites. The gist I got from it was to be wary of posting pictures online as it could affect chances of those drawings being picked up by an agent/publisher. Something along the lines of the publishers considering your work to have been 'published' and therefore affecting their own rights to publish it themselves.

I can't find the post anywhere but would some kind soul be able to clarifyy- by publishing pictures on my website am I affecting their ability to be published as part of a picture book? I am in the process of writing/illustrating my own PB and have been putting some pics on my website to gauge some feedback. Should I stop doing this?

I hope that makes sense! Thank you and happy new year!

#1 - December 27, 2012, 07:24 AM

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Putting a couple of them up on a website should be fine (it's like posting a short book excerpt), but I wouldn't put the entire work up on a public site.

I'm not sure what stage you are at, but if you are looking for some good info on creating and subbing PBs to agents/publishers there is a good thread here on creating digital dummies for submission:

And another good thread here on subbing dummies to agents (and a bit about what the dummy should look like):

If you already have researched this stuff, please ignore me!


#2 - December 27, 2012, 10:38 AM
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A large portion (but not the entire story) of writer/artist Raina Telgemeier's story, "Smile" was posted online in b/w before it was picked up by Scholastic/Graphix.
It's a MG graphic novel rather than a picture book, though.

Writer/artist Faith Erin Hicks posted the entire story of her teen graphic novel, "Friends with Boys" as a free webcomic as a lead up to its publication (with permission from her publisher, First Second Books).

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#3 - December 27, 2012, 12:35 PM

Thank you very much Tanja and Artemesia! I've not got the whole story yet (I'm currently going through re-draft after re-draft of the text) but will be following the advice from those links posted, so thank you! I just didn't want to scupper any possible chances by posting too much on my site.

Thanks again!

#4 - December 28, 2012, 06:56 AM


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