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 :paint Greetings!,

I have a question about submitting queries.

I am an illustrator and have a children's story manuscript already written by my late mother. I have been going about formatting, designing and Illustrating the entire project myself.

I have read and heard that it is usually not best to submit a story along with images together for fear that either writing or visuals may negatively effect the other.

I have read over Noah Lukeman's "How to Land (and Keep)" writings which seemed to be geared more toward writers and not so much illustrators with my situation.

I was wondering in this situation, if I should approach a literary agent first, or approach a publisher directly.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Much thanks,

#1 - December 18, 2015, 01:13 PM

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The fact that you're not the writer and that the writer is dead may be a hurdle. My suggestion? Write your own story or concentrate on submitting only your art to publishers first. Good luck.
#2 - December 19, 2015, 07:35 AM
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Wendy's right. However, if you want to at least give your mother's story a chance, you can submit it to editors along with samples of your work (it's best NOT to completely illustrate it at this point. Just a dummy and a few completed illustrations.). If submitting to editors, you'll need to be clear in your cover letter that you are submitting the manuscript with your samples only as a suggestion, assuming that's the case.

Alternatively, treat the dummy and samples as a way of showing off your work and send them to art directors, in hopes of landing an assignment to illustrate someone else's manuscript.

Either approach is valid but you need to be clear about what you are doing.
#3 - December 19, 2015, 02:40 PM
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