Publisher submissions

Unless you are both writer and illustrator, most publishers advise writers to submit picture book manuscripts without accompanying illustrations.

Each publishing house employs a dedicated art buying team (who more than likely use responsible for commissioning illustrators. If a publisher likes your manuscript, their art buying team would commission the illustrator they feel is right for the project.

The art buying team will factor in a number of issues such as current and forthcoming trends, target age group, the illustrator’s previous sales figures (if already published), specific in-house styles etc. Without an in-depth knowledge of these factors (which vary from publisher to publisher), you could actually reduce your chance of being noticed by submitting your work with accompanying illustrations (again, unless you are both writer and illustrator).

When submitting a manuscript, it is advisable to simply note anything that is not obvious from the text that needs to be included in the pictures.