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Resources for Arts Professionals

This is an evolving guide that provides new and aspiring arts professionals with information about funding, jobs, residencies, workshops, and other useful "professional development" resources.

Publishing Books

Section on Publishers

Some small publishers let you submit a book for consideration to be published, but you'll definitely have more success if you have a literary agent, especially with larger publishing companies. Read this article to learn more about literary agents.

Cast a wide net by searching for publishers online who have published similar books (photo books publishers, children's book publishers, etc.), and then look for their submission pages.

You can also consider self-publishing.  Here is an article about the benefits of self-publishing for artists, and one about the risks of self-publishing.

Section on self publishing

If you're going to self-publish, do your research first! Almost all companies have some negative review, but sometimes if you just read them ahead of time you'll know what to watch out for!  Make sure that you:

  • retain rights to all your work
  • get an ISBN for your book
  • know what their contract says
  • get proofs for pages and a guarantee for error-free printing
  • avoid predatory or "vanity" publishers by searching for them on Better Business Bureau and reading reviews

Section on eBook publishing

You can also publish eBooks!  Here are some resources to check out:

Children's Book Illustration

Post your portfolio online, in places where children's book authors look for illustrators!  Remember that you can show only thumbnails, or images with a watermark, if you're worried about posting your artwork publicly online.  Look online for advice that authors give, about finding illustrators, so you know what employers are looking for (like this article).

Read more about the process of creating and pitching a children's book here.

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