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This is definitely a newbie question...

When illustrators are offered a contract by a publishing house, do they get to see the material or manuscript before they accept? Or are they just given general information about it.

Is there any way to make sure you won't really dislike the story you are agreeing to illustrate?

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#1 - November 03, 2016, 06:15 AM

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 From my experience my illustrators have always gotten to see my entire manuscript first before they signed on to illustrate. It wouldn't serve any purpose for the publisher, author, or illustrator to work on a book they didn't connect with.
#2 - November 03, 2016, 06:43 AM
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I have always seen the manuscript before illustrating a story. It is important for an illustrator to connect with the story and characters since they'll be spending months developing the characters and illustrating the book. That's not to say that I haven't illustrated a couple stories I didn't feel were good and didn't like much, but I desperately needed the money. Checking out the manuscript is one of my requirements when a self-publishing author contacts me. I have had to decline a few based on not feeling the story is strong enough or a right fit for me to spend the time illustrating.
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Thanks Traci, it's good to hear that there is that freedom for the illustrator to decide.  :-)
#5 - November 03, 2016, 10:12 AM

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For my book the illustrator did see the manuscript before signing. He created some quick sketches that the publisher sent to me.
#6 - November 03, 2016, 10:47 AM

Thanks Gregory, I appreciate hearing from your first-hand experience.
#7 - November 03, 2016, 11:12 AM

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I have seen a complete manuscript for every book I've illustrated. Some of the manuscripts were still in revision though.

You can't make a fair assessment on whether A. the story is right for you, and B. you are interested in the property enough unless you have the manuscript to review.
#8 - November 04, 2016, 06:30 AM
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Just adding the same as already said. I've always been sent the manuscript along with the request and usual info, like budget, deadline.
#9 - November 04, 2016, 06:57 AM
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Very helpful information for me too, thanks everyone!
#11 - December 16, 2016, 11:23 PM

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I didn't know the answer to this question, either, so thanks for the information!
#12 - December 17, 2016, 05:24 AM
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Good question, Katie. I hadn't even thought to wonder about that.
#13 - December 17, 2016, 07:16 AM
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