Children’s Book

Back a few months ago I wrote a short piece that I want to read to my son every night before he goes to bed. My sister took that and turned it into a little book so that I can read it to him like a story at night. That got me to thinking that it might actually make a good Children’s book. The problem is that I don’t really know how to illustrate anything, and I don’t know anyone who does.

So does anyone know if I need to find an illustrator before I start sending it around to publishers or do I just start sending just the text. While we are at it, is there anyone who would like to illustrate a children’s book and see if we can get it published? 

7 thoughts on “Children’s Book

  1. chris paytas says:

    So… Here are my thoughts.

    Most publishers have illustrators that work for them (that’s not to say that your book should not be illustrated first only it’s not really necessary). So send the basic book to the publisher; if they like it they will edit what they think needs polishing and send it back. (or something like that).

    *** WARNING *** Copyright your book before sending it anywhere!!!!!!!!! For about $50 you can make sure your idea remains YOUR idea.

    Finally (this will sound much like name dropping sorry) but a good friend of my wife and I is VP of marketing at Zondervans and I could arrange for them to get a copy to take a look at.

  2. Andy Crouch says:

    Hey -B,

    You don’t know anyone that can draw, do you? ;-)

  3. -B says:

    The only thing I’ve drawn in the past 15 years +/- is the occasional fly, until my wife makes me bathe. I think Wes Driver’s somewhere around Nashvegas though.

    Good point on the child shaping the parent, btw.

  4. Wes Driver says:

    Okay, this is very strange. I was doing my semi-annual Google of myself, for obvious reasons, and although most references to Wes Driver concern a skateboard photographer who founded Rejects magazine and accidentally released a porno DVD in one of the editions, I soon discovered that this page actually referenced the real me. Hello, Shane, Andy, B(?), how’s it going, guys? Yes, I am living in the Nashvegas area, although I, like B (is that Byron?), haven’t really illustrated much since high school. I did work at Thomas Nelson for a time, though (in fact, just switched jobs only a few months ago), and would recommend your submitting it to their children’s division (Tommy Nelson). You won’t need an illustrator to submit, although having that, having a more completed version, is always a big bonus. Anyway, I just wanted to drop a line and say hello since I haven’t spoken to any of you since Andy tried to rope me into the 10-year reunion (a hard sell, no doubt). I also wanted to compliment you on your reading list, particularly Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. Chesterton is undoubtedly my favorite theologians and one of my favorite writers, and Orthodoxy is a great read (I also heartily recommend Heretics and The Everlasting Man, which I just finished). Anyway, shoot me an e-mail some time, guys. I’d love to hear from you.

  5. Andy Crouch says:

    Wes? Is that really you? That’s like the third or fourth reference to Chesterton that I’ve run across lately, so I guess I’m actually going to have to read him. Or, at least add him to the reading list. It’s getting long.

  6. Wes Driver says:

    Yes, Andy, it’s really me, the wiry giant who sat in the third trombone spot (somewhere between Byron and Stephen Buckingham) for a year or two. I’m in Nasville, married for almost 7 years, just had my first child, a baby girl, about 4 months ago. I see that Shane’s in Alabama now. Where are the rest of you? What are you doing now? The only person from high school I still have contact with is Jason Youngblood, so any updates would be appreciated.

  7. Andy Crouch says:

    Wes, I’d love to catch up with you. Let’s take this off Shane’s blog though. All there is to know about me can be found at my own blog, Check it out. While you’re there, drop me an e-mail with your own e-mail address, and I’ll catch you up on all the details I can provide.

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