Authors, Books, Fiction, publishing

Getting Published: Approval Process

In my previous posts, I talked about the submission and the contract when getting published. It’s been a little longer then planned since my last post, but life gets busy sometimes.

As a reminder, this is my personal experience with my first book, not a definitive guide on what will happen.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted a product that looked good and I would be willing to buy. Once I had signed the contract, I checked out the different illustrators by scrolling through my publisher’s website. When I found a style I liked, I asked to use that illustrator. I did this early enough in the process that they approved. It never hurts to ask. Also, this was the only out-of-pocket cost I had.

After I got my illustrator, she came up with 2 sample illustrations that I had the chance to approve before continuing to make a total of 19 pictures plus the cover art. Keep in mind, my publisher can make the final decision if we didn’t totally agree on something.

I cannot stress this enough. Go over the pictures. Don’t just assume they’re perfect. I had to make some suggestions on a couple pictures. Look at them with a sense of what might other people think about them or turn it into. What could someone get up in arms about? Look at the cover fonts to make sure you can read them. A little diligence early pays off in the long run.

In the end, the book has your name on it and you want the best product you can get. I would caution you on being completely knit-picky, because you want the illustrator to be free to create. Plus, I feel like it will make both publisher and illustrator question working with you again if they’re constantly having to make changes.

My next post will be a continuation of the approval process about the actual text. Until then, Stay Focused and Write On!

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