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submitting a PB manuscript

Started by kara-colley, May 02, 2024, 06:06 PM

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kara-colley

In the SCBWI Essential Guide, it says, "Unless you are a professional illustrator, do not include
illustrations with your picture book manuscript
."

I have written a picture book that includes some "activity book" pages at the end. I have made rough drawings of those activity pages. Should I submit those rough drawings? I am not a professional illustrator. That said, I would like to show my vision for those activity pages....but I am unsure how to do that unless I send my rough drawings.

Any thoughts?

Debbie Vilardi

If they are not part of the story, you wouldn't submit them. You can mention in your cover letter that you have some activity pages in mind as back matter. (Back matter was the topic of today's ICL newsletter blog post: https://www.instituteforwriters.com/blog/writing-for-children/.) Then you would discuss them as part of your initial call with an agent offering you rep or as part of the decision to accept an offer of publication. Note though that an illustrator may have an even stronger vision than you based on your ideas and a publisher may choose not to use this back matter. Hear out their ideas and reasons. You may be surprised in a pleasant way.
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kara-colley

Quote from: Debbie Vilardi on May 02, 2024, 07:08 PMIf they are not part of the story, you wouldn't submit them. You can mention in your cover letter that you have some activity pages in mind as back matter.

Debbie, Thank you so much for that insight. Super helpful. Much appreciated!!

Vijaya

Kara, Debbie gives good advice. In the initial submission packet, it isn't necessary to submit your vision for the backmatter unless it isn't clear from the text. I'll echo what Debbie says about artists and art directors bring so much to the table, more than you can imagine. That said, I've submitted sketches because it was the easiest way to show what I was thinking--this is for a magazine piece and I'm happy to say the editors and art directors went with it. So trust your instincts too :) Good luck!
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