In case you’re wondering what my latest brainstorm innovation is. They’re based upon the Suzy Lou stories I’ve been telling my kids at bedtime for years. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. There are like a hundred Suzy Lou Stories. Suzy Lou is a very… well I guess you’ll have to wait and see.
I started with a list of 56 children’s book publishers, then I narrowed it down to nine that I think should see the manuscript. Two of them will only deal with an agent. Some pay flat fees, some pay royalties only, and still others pay a combination of both. One doesn’t accept simultaneous submissions. I need to brush up on how to send a manuscript- what my cover letter should look like… I know my market, I know my angle and I have some idea of how I want the illustrations but honestly, the character is so “easy to see” that I trust any good illustrator will give her a lovable face.
I need to see what the protocol is for finding an illustrator. Anyone know?