Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

Where can we live but days?

I like yours better. Especially Dr Duck.

You are kind. :)

We have a hippopotamus name of Wilberforce who is something in the city complete with bowler hat and briefcase.

We had the idea for a book about his ancestors but while both of us can write, neither of us can draw to save our lives!

Poor world, being denied our genius!

Sometimes I have ideas for picture books, but I can't draw for toffee so never bring them to fruition.

Of course I could ask someone else to do the pictures, but this feels a bit of a cheat

Does it really work this way? What I've always heard is that most picture book authors submit their work (well, their agents do) as text-only. I've always heard that publishers prefer to do the matching of text to illustrator, the exception being when the author is really an artist themself.

(Too serious an answer for your lovely rhymes? :))

I believe that is indeed normally the case, but the awkwardness is no less for being conducted through a third party!

I wasn't thinking of the third partiness so much as the fact that I bet you could write really good picture book text and would never need to worry about the illustration issue. However, easy for me to say, as a person who doesn't do creative writing.

Seriously, I'm not sure I'd be able to tell whether I'd written a good picture book text: I've never had to evaluate one separately from the pictures. (That might be an interesting exercise, in fact.)

That does sound fun. I'd like to try that sometime.

It's often helpful to analyze the structure of a picture book -- if I remember correctly one of my favorites (a longer story) turned out to be very carefully planned as eight small episodes of four pages each, or something like that. Two-page spreads occurred at precisely regular intervals. Simpler books of course often just have two-by-two structure (e.g., question and answer on left and right page), but it helps if there's some overarching pattern (and of course in a print medium, the number of pages in a signature will be significant).

I know a few things - e.g. the 32 page rule - but I suspect that a lot of technicalities fly over my head. "A Day with Doctor Duck" would be for very young children, but I like the idea of an arc: perhaps Dr Duck could start off dapper and efficient, but as the day wears on sharp-eyed readers will see that the doctor is looking ever more harassed and making diagnoses with an increasingly tenuous relationship to best medical practice.

I think you and your daughter ought to publish yours.

(From everything I heard, publishers don't want writers and artists as a duo--they prefer to use their own artists)

I think you and your daughter ought to publish yours.

I appreciate your confidence!

What I've heard agrees totally with what you've heard. In fact I follow an illustrator on Google+ and she talks about her projects and how the publisher gives her the text and she illustrates it.

A fox with chicken pox [ditto - and feel free to have some chickens looking in at the window and laughing.]

I would love to see this book.

I've managed to scan my daughter's drawings now, so that's a small step in the right direction!

Sonya sent me here :D I second what everybody else said about matching writers to illustrators, but what do you think of this style:

I draw in Artrage; it is a digital format, natural media simulator. I can no longer do natural media due to disability.

Those are v. cool!


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