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How to Lay Out a Picture Book with InDesign

2 Jun

laptop computer loading printing coffee

I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to make their picture book someday. That’s why I created a whole Writing & Publishing tips section on this site (under The Archive, upper right). Let’s make that someday now.

One of the sticky points I ran into was digitally laying out my book. Once I had the final copy incorporated into the final art, there was definitely a “What now?” moment. Assuming you’re not a graphic artist, it’s intimidating! But it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to lay out a picture book with InDesign, step by step.

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Finding an Illustrator—and Introducing Mine!

21 Apr

Self Publishing Artist Childrens ArtHow do you find an illustrator for your children’s book?

Or perhaps more adequately…

How do you find, choose, and trust a person to take what’s been in your head and turn it into the tangible something special you know it can be?

There are many ways to go about finding an illustrator:

  • You can already know of an artist you respect and enjoy working with. In which case, lucky you!
  • You can do a basic Google search for local illustrators.
  • You can attend mixer events for local writers and illustrators. (I recommend checking out your local Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators branch.)
  • You can reach out on social media for recommendations.

I tried all of these routes, but the method that worked for me was social media.

As detailed in a post last fall, a college friend, Jason, saw my query for illustrator recommendations and forwarded me someone who could be a good fit.

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Do Something, Even If It’s Wrong

17 Nov

Smiley 70s Sue with ChuckMy husband introduced me to this phrase. His step-father (that’s him to the left) used to tell him, “Do something, even if it’s wrong.” And that confounded him as a kid.

As ridiculous as it might seem at first (of course, you shouldn’t do horrible mean things just for the sake of doing them–that would make you an awful human being), the advice has a sort of sage-like brilliance.

Most of us come to discover, over a lifetime of trial and error, that you can’t wait for the stars to align perfectly to pursue your goals. If you ever actually want to reach those goals, you need to take matters into your own hands. And maybe your hands are messy. Or too full. Or you feel like you have no clue what you’re doing. Or sometimes you even wonder what’s the point anyway…

But the goal keeps coming back. It lingers, prodding you with unsuspected nudges, until finally you relent. “Okay, fine. I’ll just do something already!”

Case in point…
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The Making of a Mural

16 Nov
Invisible Creature South Lake Union Mural

“Keys to the City” Mural by Invisible Creature, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

I found this video about the process of making of a mural absolutely fascinating (see below). I never cease to be amazed at the lengths people will go to for the sake of projecting beauty and creativity from the inside out.

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