At the beginning of the episode "lifecycle of a children's book" y'all mentioned that the publishing process as just an illustrator, vs author/illustrator were a bit different and y'all would go over both, but in the end you only covered publishing as an illustrator. I was wondering if you could explain briefly the difference? Especially since you extol the virtues of being a creator, and bit just a "hired gun".
As simply an illustrator y'all said that you are contacted by the publisher who has the manuscript already made, sees if it would work for you, on various different points, to work on the project. After the timeline is set and the contract signed you get some money and work on the sketches for the whole book. You send the sketches. They tell you to change them. You change them and do the final sketches, which you send to them and they tell you to change them. They you do one spread (completed in the style) and send it to them. They ask you to change it, you do, and you finish out the rest of the book illustrations and send them the final files eventually.
If you were the writer illustrator would you send your agent to publishers with a finished book? Or do you submit your manuscript and follow the same route and hope they think your art is a good match for the story?
I am wondering if the two routes are different and if so, how different they are because it seems to me that it couldn't be as simple as "here is this thing I made" and they publish it exactly as is. But on the other hand it could mess up the project or be disheartening if they wanted major tweaks-- you would have to basically restart ....
I made a timeline for myself to make my first illustrated book, as a project for my portfolio and your episode got me thinking. Anyone with experience or insight?
Thanks a lot for your time