Thursday, April 24, 2008

Don't we all love surprises? This one is a good one, no make that a great one. I was contacted by a gentleman who wanted to surprise his daughter by publishing a book she copyrighted in 2002, but never managed to get published. Dads are great aren't they?

My client had done his homework before he even approached us. He had all the copyright information, he had already obtained the original manuscript and converted it to an electronic document and he had contacted an illustrator to create the illustrations. All this done before he even contacted us to do the layout and design!

The important thing to remember when creating a book that requires illustrations is the time frame. Illustrations take much longer to create than photography or graphic images. Sometimes it can take months depending upon the number of illustrations you require. This book used 13 illustrations and I believe he waited about 4 months for that end of this project. If you have a specific time line, you will need to take this into consideration. It's also recommended to have the book designer work with the illustrator so you are sure to get the images sized properly for your book.

I plan to write an article shortly on "Working with Illustrators for your next book". Until then, I'm just going to take time out to appreciate the release of a new book by Picturia Press. Click here to view the book.


Mary Rogers said...

I'm so glad I found your site! I tried getting a book published once with no success. It's a dream of mine to be published as an author illustrator someday. I'm bookmarking this for more in depth reading later. Thanks!

Jason Paulhamus said...

Hey everyone, I'm Jason Paulhamus the illustrator of the book Behind the Walls of the Old Stone House. It was a real pleasure to work with John and I think Picturia Press did a great job with the layout of the book. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on it! If you want to see more of my work or if you are looking for an illustrator please head on over to my site. I have lots of samples there and you can contact me directly so drop me a line. Thanks!