As I was doing a lot of research for my nonfiction manuscript that I’m working on to submit to Kaeden Books, I started to see various photographs that I could potentially recommend for Kaeden to use in my manuscript as well.
That reminded me that I need to work on potential photographs.
I’m assuming that Kaeden Books might not have a huge budget for photographs. Most publishers are tight on this these days in this economy.
So I plan to recommend photographs they can use for each page of my book.
That led me to a question:
What kind of photographs does Kaeden use in their books?
I started digging around for an answer by looking first at my mentor text, THE BIRD FEEDER.
Hop on over and take a look at the Google Preview. Look closely at the art.
It’s the same empty bird feeder in every photograph.
The birds and the squirrel have been photoshopped on!
If you look at the copyright page, it says that this was done by Signature Design.
So let’s check out a different book of theirs, APPLES.
Take a look at the Google Preview. These photographs look different in each one.
If you look at the copyright page, it shows the photo credits for each different page.
Go ahead and explore various of their nonfiction books like this, including your mentor text, to see how the photographs were acquired.
For my particular manuscript, I have given the art some thought. I think my story will work well with photographs that are the same on every page but have a different item photoshopped in. OR, there are actually photographs in the public domain at the Library of Congress that could be used.
What art design would work in your manuscript, do you think?
Give this some careful thought.
For several reasons:
1) I think it might be nice to recommend a potential art concept for your book in your cover letter. Normally you wouldn’t do this for a fiction picture book manuscript, but I think it could help give you an edge over other submissions if you recommend this for yours.
2) Since I’m going to publish this book even if Kaeden rejects it, I can either use free photographs I find or use an art program such as Inkscape to make my own images without too much time.
3) If I find free images or make my own, then I can use these on a website I build when my book is published or for creating marketing items such as bookmarks and student worksheets that will help market my book.
I’ll talk more in an upcoming post about art options you can acquire for free, especially if you decided to self-publish this manuscript.