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Top 12 Books for Illustrators


If you are like me - always hungry for industry knowledge and a strong advocate for fair and best practices here are the perfect books to add to your library!

General Illustration Industry:

1. AOI, The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Business Practice, Simon Stern

*The AOI (Association of Illustrators) is also a fantastic professional membership organization that provides 1 to 1 support to illustrators all around the world! It has really helped to elevate my career.

2. Licensing Art & Design - A Professional's Guide for Understanding and Negotiating Licenses and Royalty Agreements, Caryn R. Leland

Pricing Guide:

3. Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook, Pricing & Ethical Guidelines *look for the latest edition

Art of Children's Publishing:

4. Writing with Pictures, How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books, Uri Shulevitz

5. Children's Picturebooks, The art of visual storytelling, Martin Salisbury & Morag Styles

6. Illustrating Children's Books, Martin Ursell

7. Writing Picturebooks, Ann Whittford Paul

Children's Publishing Directories (Contact info of publishers and agents):

8. Children's Wrtier's & Illustrator's Market, Published annually by Reader's Digest Books (US Market Focus)

9. Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, Published annually by Bloomsbury (UK Market Focus)

Publishing Law:

10. The Law (in Plain English) for Writers, DuBoff & Tugman

11. The Law (in Plain English) for Publishers, DuBoff & Tugman

12. Clark's Publishing Agreements - A Book of Precedents, Lynette Owen

*This one is a heavy read and quite expensive so I recommend you search for a slightly older edition or library copy

Bonus for Canadians:

13. Canadian Children's booknews magazine

*Great to stay informed of the Canadian market and research names

Are there any other books you recommend? I'm always eager to learn and I really think staying informed is key to a sustainable business! Connect with me on instagram: @natalie.illustration


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