Welcome to Cornish Books, specializing in children's book illustration and publishing. With our extensive experience, we take pride in transforming your book from a concept idea to a beautifully produced masterpiece. Whether you're an author seeking support throughout the entire process or looking for assistance with specific stages, we've got you covered. We happily collaborate with external publishers or self-publishers, giving you the flexibility to choose the path that suits you best.
Our Focus: Children's Literature from Self-Publishing Authors
At our company, we have a passion for children's literature, catering to self-publishing authors who share the same passion. Our primary focus lies in bringing engaging and captivating stories to young readers, targeting ages 1 to 12. From delightful picture books to entertaining middle-grade literature, we welcome authors who write for a range of age groups within the children's literature genre.
Expertise and Support
With extensive knowledge gained through years of experience and avid reading, we ensure that the content and themes of our children's books are appropriate and appealing to their intended age groups. As an in-house illustrator, I personally handle the artistic aspect of your book. However, should my style not align with your vision, I am more than happy to assist you in finding and collaborating with another illustrator who suits your preferences. Drawing from our network of talented illustrators, I can recommend suitable candidates for your consideration.
Comprehensive Publishing Services
Our goal is to support independent authors in every step of their publishing journey. From the initial stages of manuscript preparation to the final touches of cover design and distribution, we offer a comprehensive range of services to bring your book to life. Rest assured, all our work is original, complying with copyright laws and licensing requirements. As a fully insured business, we prioritize the legal aspects of publishing to ensure a smooth and worry-free process for our authors.
Our aspirations reach beyond individual projects. We strive to be a supportive and fair agency, dedicated to helping independent authors achieve their goals. Your success is our success, and we are committed to fostering a collaborative partnership that propels your career forward.
If you're ready to embark on a publishing adventure for your children's book, we're here to guide you every step of the way. Get in touch with us today to discuss your project, explore our services, and together, let's create a book that will inspire and captivate young readers around the world.
Illustration- the typical process
Initial chat- Free!
This is where i get a feel for your project. We talk about your goals, vision for the book and i normally take a look at your manuscript (or part there of). All information is passed in confidence and your work remains your property at all times. I can conduct this via phone, email, message, video call or in person if you live in Cornwall!
This is a compulsory part of the project for all new clients
This is where i take everything we have talked about and produce a piece of work based around your text. I also sketch out some character designs and anything i feel relevant to you visualising how your project will come together.
Payment is taken upfront for this and you are not under any obligation to hire me for the full project. All sample rights are retained by myself.
Full Book Illustration- This starts at £60 per page dependent upon complexity
Once you decide to proceed with the project a contract will be formed. This will outline usage rights, copyrights and timescales.
After this is agreed, we move on to storyboarding your project, sketching and then final colouring and editing. All my work is finished in Photoshop and can be provided in a variety of formats depending on requirements. All my work is original.
I often find that authors wish to work in instalments and i am happy with this.
Formatting- starting at £250
This is where i can bring together your pictures and words. Often authors hire a separate formatter and i am happy to provide the files needed to facilitate this. If you wish me to continue the process though, i can bring your files together into a print ready format.
I am used to publishing with KDP, traditional printers and Ingram.
Thinking of self publishing but don't know where to begin? Don't worry, i have the experience and many of the answers! I am happy to provide consultancy on this.
Book in an hours 1 to 1 session with myself and discuss all aspects of the project. At the end i shall send you a summary of points we have discussed and the first steps you need to take.
If you feel that you need to touch base again throughout your project, an ongoing rate can be discussed.
Session are conducted over the phone, video or in person if you live locally.
£80 per hour
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