Preparing Illustrated Picture Books for Submission: Ten More Things I've Learned…

Back in April 2019 I wrote a post on ten things I wished I’d done sooner on my journey towards submitting my first illustrated picture book. Eight months later, here are ten more things I’ve learned that have helped me on my submission journey (and which I hope might help you, if you’re aiming to submit as an author illustrator)…

I entered the Wraptious competition again…

Wraptious run their competition twice a year as a way of finding new artists for their home- and giftware ranges (see my previous post about Wraptious for more details about them). They’ve just extended the deadline for the current competition until 8th December and it’s very easy to enter (see https://www.wraptious.com/pages/competition-instructions). Once you’ve uploaded your designs (up to five) they can instantly be ordered as square prints or vegan-suede cushions. This is obviously perfect timing for Christmas gifts, so I’ve ordered one of my cushion covers as a present for my mum… (it’s OK, she doesn’t ‘do’ the internet so…

Another Competition for Illustrators…

I’ve recently come across another competition for illustrators, to add to the ones I mentioned in my last post. This one is run by the gift company Wraptious, and it’s fun to enter because not only do you get to see what your artwork would look like as a vegan-suede cushion, print or canvas, you and others can also buy these items, which are made to order for a limited time.

Preparing My First Illustrated Picture Book For Submission: Ten Things I Wish I’d Done Sooner…

Now that I am about to submit what I hope is the final final final ‘best it’s ever going to get’ version of my illustrated picture book (although, actually, I doubt you can ever say that a book is completely finished), here are ten things that, with the benefit of hindsight, I wish I’d done sooner…