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Visual Imagery vs Strength of Text balance.

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I am not sure how best to ask this, likely because I have new to writing and have never written a picture book, let alone submitted one to an agent for processing.

I have already submitted my offering and am in that bland "waiting to here back" stage.

However,  as I wait, I realize that as I read my manuscript, I have a certain tone and imagery in my head (in a general sense as I am not an illustrator) to go along with the words. I am assuming that the agent or recipient of my proposal is only reading the text and building their own idea of the visuals which may or may not be what I have in mind.

Does anyone have any insight into how much of my "great" story is the imagery in my head and how much is the strength of the text?

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#1 - February 21, 2018, 01:31 PM

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The best advice I can offer is that you find critique partners. (You can post a request for partners on these boards.) Your question depends entirely on the manuscript. It's good to have illustration ideas because the manuscript will need to be illustrated. But keep in mind that this part of the project isn't up to you unless you self publish. The editor, art director, and illustrator determine the final art.

I hope this is helpful.
#2 - February 21, 2018, 06:25 PM
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The best advice I can offer is that you find critique partners. (You can post a request for partners on these boards.) Your question depends entirely on the manuscript. It's good to have illustration ideas because the manuscript will need to be illustrated. But keep in mind that this part of the project isn't up to you unless you self publish. The editor, art director, and illustrator determine the final art.

I hope this is helpful.

Yes. There is no solid answer anyway. I suspect that hardest part is letting go and knowing when to let go.
#3 - February 22, 2018, 11:59 AM

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