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Words & Pictures

How are picture books put together? Amy Sparkes explains the process from both sides of the desk

Are you a budding author/illustrator? Or always fancied having a go at illustrating your own picture books? This month we look at how to put the words and pictures together, with advice from author/illustrator Matty Long and Kimara Nye, editor at Maverick Books.

KIMARA NYE: FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

If authors would like to send illustrations to accompany their book, how should they send them?

If the whole story is illustrated and laid out properly, then it’s best to send the whole book as a pdf (keeping the size small). If you only have a few illustrations then pick your favourites and send as small jpgs. We prefer not seeing the whole book as jpgs as it interrupts the flow of reading the story. The main requirement is to keep the file sizes small; anything over 15mb is too big.

How can authors increase the chances of their illustrations being accepted?

We often receive author/illustrator submissions which have been done in Microsoft paint. I am not saying that this is not acceptable, but if you are using this method then you really need to know what you are doing. Also, we do receive fine art paintings, which just does not fit in with the look of our title list. Look on the publisher’s website and see what type of illustrations they are using. If it is a completely different style, then be aware that this might not work in your favour.

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