I am sure if you are writing picture books, you can sometimes feel like you are fighting an uphill battle. With the additional illustration costs plopped on top of publishing a high quality picture book, many publishers have cut back on the amount of picture books they are bringing to market. During this time, publishers have looked for ways to reduce costs in order to keep producing picture books and have turned to asking for author/illustrator picture books. This has been a win-fall for our illustrators, but could make a picture book “author only” feel like they have been left out in the cold trying to find a friendly door to knock on.
My own anecdotal view is that things are getting better for the picture book market. I am seeing more contracts being signed and more picture books coming to market. This means more agents are starting to represent picture book authors.
Plus, everyone is looking for new ways to present picture books. Traci Williams-NG is coming in for our June conference and for only $45 will meet for a personal one-on-one consultation with individual picture book writers to discusss how interactive Storybooks might be another avenue for you.
Here are some agencies accepting “author only” picture books: