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Friday, November 30, Sending Art Promotional Postcards to Publishers for Read write and think postcards Books The second most clicked-on blog post I've ever written was about sending promotional postcards to publishers.
So I thought I should devote another post to covering that topic in depth. What is my most clicked-on blog post, you wonder? You wouldn't believe how many people search the web for "Peter Rabbit" every day! Back to promotional postcards.
If you're an illustrator looking for work in the children's book industry, one of the ways to get your art considered is to send promotional postcards to publishers. I would say the first step would be to go to a bookstore and read, read, read the kinds of books you want to illustrate that are currently being published.
Learn how the illustrations interact with the text. Study the illustrations and the publishers. Write down the publishers of the books that you think match your own artwork.
If you love drawing dragons and sword fights, then sending postcards to that publisher who seems to publish only baby bunny books would be a waste of postage. Writers, you do the same thing here to find publishers who would be a good match with your manuscript.
Google their websites for submission guidelines. Some only take submissions from agents, but there still are a good number that will take unsolicited submissions. I volunteer as a Regional Advisor for SCBWI because the organization has helped me so much with my career and continues to help me with marketing my books and making neat connections with publishing professionals.
Join SCBWI, go to your local and regional events, get involved by volunteering, and meet friends in the children's book industry. Should you send postcards of your art or your whole portfolio or what?
Read the submission guidelines of each publisher carefully. Some may only take email submissions. Some only want postcards. Some want to see more. The vast majority will accept postcards. Postcards are easy for them - no envelopes to open and no scary virus possibilities with attachments - and they can see at a quick glance if your art is something they'd consider.
You MUST put a website on your postcard where they can see more of your illustrations. That way, if someone tacks it to a board, they have my website right there on the front. This postcard of the little drummer boy I sent in to hundreds of editors and art directors.
Only what you want to illustrate. Of course, that makes sense, but really, be careful with this. If you don't want to draw bicycles, don't put an illustration with a bicycle on your postcard. The best image for a postcard is one that is narrative children's books tell stories and so should your imageand that shows a character children's books have great characters, not still lifes.
If you're better at animals, show animals.
If you're better at people, show kids. If you like to do both and both are high enough quality, show both. What should you put on the back of the postcard? The rest of your contact info and you can list other books you've illustrated.
You can also include some little spot illustrations like these penguins on the back of my postcard from I had written a manuscript about these dancing penguins and sent this postcard as an art sample.
Another editor found the illustrations on my website and asked to see the manuscript and then acquired it! Current postcard marketed to people buying books Where do you get the postcards printed?
There are loads of online printers. I've also ordered samples from PrintRunner and plan to order stickers and magnets from there.
I like the 4" x 6" size because it's cheapest to print and mail. You can do larger sizes if you want to include more detail or info on it, but check with the post office to see at what point you need to buy a full price stamp instead of a postcard stamp.Provide the five postcards to each group and a copy of Worksheet 2: Grandma’s Climate Travels to each student.
Ask students to share the climate zone that they think each postcard is from and what information from Grandma’s postcard was helpful for figuring out the climate zone. New Read Write Think Postcard Template - From the thousands of images online about Read Write Think Postcard Template, choices the best libraries using ideal quality only for you, and now this photographs is usually among photographs selections within our ideal pictures gallery in relation to New Read Write Think Postcard Template.
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