Question: How do you show publishers glitter throughout illustrations? Answer: Typically you would show this in a separate printout simply in black. If you have design software such as InDesign, the easiest way to do this is to create a layer for the illustration and text, and a separate layer for the glitter/foil. Then you just block in the area you want glittered in black on that separate layer. Otherwise, you can simply tell the publisher in your cover letter that you want the book to have glitter throughout. You can send a small sample of it with glitter hand applied on a copy of the illustration, but I wouldn’t recommend mocking up the whole book this way… if your book gets picked up by the Publisher, then you can discuss your ideas for the rest of the book. (I’ve posted screen shots with examples of foil and emboss on a real greeting card mockup here.)
Question : Who decides the shape of the book (square, landscape, portrait etc.) - the illustrator or the publisher? Answer : The publisher usually has specific sizes they work with, but there is some flexibility there if the illustrator has their own great ideas!
Question : I plan on approaching publishers with my finished artwork… what if they want a square book when i have drawn on a rectangular page, or vice versa? will i have to redo all my illustrations? Answer : I wouldn’t recommend submitting your manuscript with all the artwork finished… a potential problem with the size is the least of your worries, as most publishers don’t like to receive the illustrations and manuscript together. In most cases either the illustrator can’t write, or the author can’t draw! Occasionally you get a person who can do both, but it’s best if you submit the two separately. If you want to send one sample of your illustration that would go with the book that would be alright. Also… Publishers have a wealth of experience, and their tips and feedback can actually improve your illustrations, so illustrating the book after the manuscript is accepted is a great way to go.
Question: Does the publisher/ author tell u what media they want u to use? Answer: Usually publishers select an illustrator based on their style… so if they hire you, they already like the media and style you use! If you have more than one style, they will tell you which they were drawn to. Often there is flexibility there if you feel your illustrations would look better in a different media, that’s open for discussion with the publisher.