The picturebook illustrator
change your dream into a goal
You are finally done writing and editing your book. The next step is illustrations and a design (formatting). You google everything from China to India, from $5 to 5,000 dollars, but who can you trust with your book?
I completely understand how important this project is to you. That’s why I am here to help you. With just one click, you get all the help you need, to publish your book, because I have all the skills from illustrating to making your book print ready.
I’m sure you have a lot of questions about the process so let’s set up a free consult to see what I can do for you.
Cover design for print and e-book
Design picturebook content for print & ebook (32 pages)
- 3D mock-up (FREE!)
Picture book illustrations
- Sketches for approval before the final illustrations
Illustrations in high resolution for print and e-book
- 3D mock-up (Free!)
Picture book illustration & design
Illustrations (32 pages / 14 spreads)
Cover design for print & ebook
Picture book design print ready and e-book (32 pages)
3D mockup (Free!)
No stress with a skilled designer and illustrator
Publishing a book can be a very stressful project while it should be fun. With hiring a skilled designer and illustrator, the process of publishing will start being fun again. As a designer, I take away your stress by creating a beautiful design and layout. The only thing you need to do is enjoy seeing your story come to life.
The moment you wrote your story, you had an image in your head, how what the characters of your book look like. It can be difficult to explain the image in your head to an illustrator. During a (Zoom) meeting, I listen to your ideas about how you want to see your characters. To make it more specific, what kind of style you are looking for and if we are a good match, you can show me the styles you like by making a mood board. When we are a match, I’ll get to work for you. As soon as I have made the first sketches, I will send them to you by email. From there I make each illustration. Together with the text, I’ll send you the illustration during the process so you can see how text and illustration work together.
When the book is finished, I make a print-ready PDF file of the content and one of the covers. For promotion, I will also make a 3D image for you to share on your social media.
Design & pre-press (formatting)
If you have already done a lot yourself, such as editing text and making illustrations, the last thing you need to do is to create a format you can use for print.
I collect text, illustrations, and printing information (sizes and how to send this to the printer). I start by converting all artwork to CMYK and 300 DPI. I create the layout, choose a font and place the illustrations on the pages.
You will regularly receive a PDF proof by email. When you’re completely happy, I’ll create a high-resolution PDF, ready for print. You will receive two files, a PDF of the content and a PDF of the cover.
You’re not the only one who has a great children’s story in mind but can’t get past a Word document. I’m going to help you to create your story into an actual picture book.
Creating illustrations takes time. I start by reading your story and reviewing your ideas for the illustrations. Once I’ve got a good sense of how the book should look, I’ll start by making rough sketches and character development.
When you are satisfied with the rough sketches and layout altogether, I work out the sketches, one by one, and place them in the book so we can immediately see if it fits with the text. With every step, I keep you updated on the process.
When you publish your book, you might want to consider having your website for promotion. Your fan base can join your mailing list there so you can keep them updated about your book(s).
With the content you provide, I will create a beautiful WordPress website you can update yourself. No worries if the thought of updating your website already gives you red spots of stress, I can do that for you or you can email me and I will guide you through it!
When you’re happy with the cover design, I’ll use photoshop to make a 3D image of your book, before it goes to print, to share on your social media channels. I know it sounds ridiculous, but you get this 3D photo from me for free.
Becoming an indie author
Nowadays you no longer need a publisher to publish your book. You can easily publish your book via POD (Printing On Demand) with companies such as Amazon.
If your book doesn’t become a bestseller, you won’t be left with a cellar full of books you can’t sell. I help you step by step through the entire process of becoming an indie author.
I once started entrepreneurship as a rookie. I had to learn so much about entrepreneurship, in addition to the profession learned in college. I gained my business knowledge by asking questions to other entrepreneurs, but mostly by listening. After almost 25 years of entrepreneurship, I would like to share my knowledge with you. Working with me will not only get you great designs but also tips and tricks in sales and marketing.
“I am very satisfied with Mireille’s professional and prompt action and advice. She helped me very well with the publication of my book. She is happy to answer any question. I definitely recommend Mireille.”