Children’s Picture Books

March 8, 2012 · 3 comments

in LDS Publisher, Manuscript Prep, Traditional Publishing

Thanks for taking the time to write your blog.  I’m just getting my feet wet in the publishing world, and you have given me a place to start.  I have written a children’s picture book.  I’ve been rejected by three publishers so far, and searched dozens of other LDS publishers who are not accepting submissions in this genre.  Would you please direct me?  I don’t know what to do next.

The difficulty with picture books is they cost more to produce and yet the expected sales are lower than books for adults.

Extra costs for a picture book include the cost of illustrations, which can run in the thousands of dollars if they hire a really good illustrator, plus the cost of full color printing, which can be double or more than a book with no color on the pages.

In order for a publisher to justify the risk, you’re going to have to have a pretty awesome story line or be an established author with a large following to guarantee sales.

What you need to look for is a publisher who specializes in picture books. I don’t know if your content is specifically LDS, but if it isn’t, or if it can be changed to reflect general Christian ideas, you might want to try a Christian publisher. (Google “Christian Picture Book Publisher).

I’m not sure what to advise your for specific LDS content… Readers? Ideas?


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Ray March 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Yup, it’s a tough market. I tried submitting a written-and-illustrated by book once, and had no luck either. I even got a sympathetic letter back saying “we like it- but” and they cited similar reasons to this post. Where to go next is a good question. I did a run at self publishing, but that’s a whole ‘nother topic.

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