5 Reasons To Hire Pro Children’s Book Illustrators

Children's Book Illustrators

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I speak with children’s picture book authors almost daily here at MindStir Media. The question that arises most often is probably some variation of: “Should I create my own children’s book illustrations or should I hire a professional children’s book illustrator?” My initial answer is usually incredibly simple and to the point. Here it is: If you aren’t a pro children’s book illustrator, you should definitely hire one! I usually go on to explain the reasons why hiring children’s book illustrators is so important….

  1. Your self-published children’s picture book will be competing with traditionally published books. Nearly every traditionally published picture book I’ve seen has been illustrated by a pro. If you want your book to have a fighting chance in the market, it needs to be of the highest quality! This means biting the bullet and hiring a pro. I know sometimes it’s tough to part with the money, but investing in a pro illustrator could pay off over time. This leads to my next reason…
  2. I’ve examined the MindStir Media book sales numbers for professionally illustrated books vs. books illustrated by amateurs. Guess which books sold more copies… Professionally illustrated, by over 200%.  So if you want your book to have a better chance at selling more copies, make sure it’s illustrated by a pro.
  3. It’s been my experience that most reviewers are selective and will only give focus to books that catch their attention — books that look professional! Don’t be that picture book author who sends a reviewer a lackluster book. It’ll probably get tossed or donated, not reviewed.
  4. The previous reason segues nicely into your credibility. An amazingly illustrated book will only add credibility to your writing career. It will show readers, reviewers and booksellers that you’re serious enough about your career to team up with a professional. This builds trust and opens doors for you that might otherwise have been closed.
  5. Finally, hiring a pro children’s book illustrator, one with extensive experience, will help you feel more confident about your book. Confidence means a lot for an author. It means that you don’t need to hide. You can get out there and promote, promote, promote and know that many people are going to perceive your book as a high-quality product.

A final note: There are many different definitions out there for “professional children’s book illustrators.” Mine is rather straightforward and it is the definition I generally use when hiring illustrators to work on MindStir Media books: A pro children’s book illustrator has an extensive portfolio, including at least 10 published books under his/her belt, and he/she makes a living creating children’s book illustrations. I realize that definition is rather strict, but I only want to see authors work with the best!

J.J. Hebert, the author of this article, is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Unconventional and Weepy the Dragon. He has personally helped thousands of writers nationwide, through consultations and self-publishing services, and regularly blogs on writing and self-publishing. He is also the president and owner of MindStir Media, a top self-publishing company that offers services such as mentoring from a bestselling author, book design, childrens book illustrations, editing, printing, ebook conversion, distribution and marketing.

Children’s Book Illustrators

Need Custom Children’s Book Illustrations for Your Book?

Children's Book Illustrations Service
Here at MindStir Media LLC, our accomplished and seasoned staff of children’s book illustrators are eager to create custom illustrations for your children’s book. Humans, animals, plants/flowers and inanimate objects — our team can illustrate it all. All of our illustrations are one-of-a-kind and completely royalty-free. No templates used. Everything from scratch based on your vision.

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We’ve been illustrating children’s picture books since 2010. With hundreds of illustrated and published picture books under our belt, we have the experience and processes in place to make your book a success. Throughout the years, we’ve refined our illustration process to include 3 simple and streamlined steps. The children’s book illustration process normally consists of the following steps or stages:

sketchesSTEP 1: We gather info from you — your manuscript as well as descriptions. Your assigned children’s book illustrator will consult with you and then use your manuscript and provided info to create preliminary character sketches. The sketches are normally JPG or PNG files.

storyboardSTEP 2: After you approve the sketches, your children’s book illustrator will develop the storyboard. This is a PDF file that typically shows detailed sketches in relation to the text. It’s essentially a sample uncolored layout of your book.

final coloredSTEP 3: Once you approve the storyboard, the children’s book illustrator will finish all the shading and line work and create final colored illustrations to be printed in book form. You’ll own 100% of the rights to these children’s book illustrations.

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Examples of children’s book illustrations our team has developed:

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Thanks for taking a look at the children’s book illustration examples above. We have a growing roster of professional children’s book illustrators ready to create eye-catching original illustrations specifically for your kids book. Our talented illustrators have illustrated many published children’s books, so rest assured that each custom illustration they create for your book will be of the highest quality.

How Much Does This Children’s Book Illustration Service Cost and How Long Will It Take?

Your MindStir Media children’s book illustrator will work with you from the beginning, creating character sketches and then, after your approval, developing the storyboard and illustrating. This is generally a 60-90 day process. We charge $150 per illustrated page. Each page can have as many characters as you’d like. Ten illustrations, for example, are only $1,500. Our pricing is really that simple.

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Do You Also Need Help Publishing Your Book?
Compare the Children’s Book Publishing Options Below


Whether you want to publish your children’s book in paperback or hardcover, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our Children’s Book Publishing service, shown below, offers several different options. Our first children’s book publishing option shown in the chart below is geared toward authors who have their own illustrations/images to submit to us, while the other two options cater to authors — probably just like you — who need us to create the illustrations as well as publish and even help with marketing.

Author Provides Own Illustrations
$1399
Custom Cover Design
Color Interior (Custom Design)
Ongoing Mentoring from a Bestselling Author
Unlimited Image Insertions
Back Cover Copy Polish
ISBN Assignment
Barcode
Library of Congress Control Number
U.S. Copyright Notice
Global Distribution
Author Sets Retail Price
Fast Book Printing
Free Proof Copies
Bookstore Listing at MindstirMedia.com
One-on-one Author Support
Book Discount Program
Non-Exclusive Contract
No Hidden Fees
 
 
 
MindStir Provides Illustrations
$2899
10 Illustrations Included (Buy additional for $150 each)
Custom Cover Design
Color Interior (Custom Design)
Ongoing Mentoring from a Bestselling Author
Unlimited Image Insertions
Back Cover Copy Polish
ISBN Assignment
Barcode
Library of Congress Control Number
U.S. Copyright Notice
Global Distribution
Author Sets Retail Price
Fast Book Printing
Free Proof Copies
Bookstore Listing at MindstirMedia.com
One-on-one Author Support
Book Discount Program
Non-Exclusive Contract
No Hidden Fees
 
 
Includes Extra Marketing
$3899
10 Illustrations Included (Buy additional for $150 each)
Custom Cover Design
Color Interior (Custom Design)
Ongoing Mentoring from a Bestselling Author
Unlimited Image Insertions
Back Cover Copy Polish
ISBN Assignment
Barcode
Library of Congress Control Number
U.S. Copyright Notice
Global Distribution
Author Sets Retail Price
Fast Book Printing
Free Proof Copies
Bookstore Listing at MindstirMedia.com
One-on-one Author Support
Book Discount Program
Non-Exclusive Contract
No Hidden Fees
Press Release with Distribution
Author Website Design