Hiring a Ghostwriter for Your Picture Book? Are Illustrations Included?

Ghostwriting and Illustrations

It seems lately, a lot of people who want to have a children’s picture book ghostwritten for them aren’t quite sure what they get for their money.

I’m often surprised when a potential client asks if the price quoted includes illustrations.

Another query I’m getting a number of lately is about writing and illustration packages.

I’ve decided to address both these issues in this article, so I’ll be able to link to it when I’m queried.

1. What do you get when you hire a ghostwriter to write a children’s book for you whether it be a picture book, chapter book, middle grade book, or young-adult book?

According to Oxford Dictionary, a ghostwriter is “a person whose job it is to write material for someone else who is the named author.”

The keyword here is, ‘write.’

A ghostwriter is a professional writer who will create a story, essay, speech, movie scrip, or other form of content. The ghostwriter usually remains anonymous. She’s ‘a ghost’ and the client will be listed as the author of the book or other content.

Going back to the Oxford Dictionary, an illustrator is “a person who draws or creates pictures for magazines, books, advertising, etc.”

It’s the illustrator who creates the illustrations for the book, not the writer.

So, if you’re thinking of hiring a ghostwriter for a picture book, the ghost will WRITE the story for you.

If you’re self-publishing, you’ll be responsible to research and hire an illustrator to create the illustrations for the story. Although, I offer my clients a list of illustrators.

If you’re traditionally publishing, the publishing house that gives you a contract will have the illustrations created for you.

Thinking about it … I’ve decided the problem some have is the term “write a picture book.”

When thinking of a ‘picture book,’ most people think of a finished product – a story and illustrations. I can see where the confusion comes into play. Hopefully, this article adds some clarity to the topic.

I’ve actually decided to add some information pertaining to this on my Ghostwriting Page on the site.

2. Do picture book ghostwriters offer story and illustration packages?

Not all ghostwriters offer packages.

But, since I’m asked about it more often now, I just started offering packages of story and illustrations.

These packages include front and back book covers and text layout. You’ll be given a PDF of the complete story. This PDF can be given to any service that will format it into a print-ready file.

Services that do this include:

– IngramSpark
– Bookbaby
– The Book Designer
– Dog Ear Publishing
– Golden Box Books
– Word-2-Kindle
– You can also find freelancers to format your book

Once you have the print-ready file, you can upload it to sites like Smashwords, Amazon (for print), Amazon KDP, Createspace (for print) for publication and distribution.

Need help getting your print-ready file uploaded for publication, I can help you with that also.

If you are interested in this type of project, just let me know and we can discuss it.

Children's ghostwriter

Whether you need rewriting or ghostwriting, let me take a look at your story. Just send me an email at: kcioffiventrice@gmail.com. Please put “Children’s Writing” in the Subject box.

Or, give me a call at 347—834—6700

Let’s get your idea off the launch pad or your outline into a publishable story today!

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2 thoughts on “Hiring a Ghostwriter for Your Picture Book? Are Illustrations Included?

  1. Hi Karen,
    Excellent topic – I have the same issue but in reverse!
    I am an illustrator and I am often asked if I will edit the story and/or publish the book when being hired to draw the art for children’s books. Not that I don’t offer suggestions when I am breaking down the manuscript to fit it into picture book format, but editing and publishing are not illustrating.
    I also teach book illustration to budding authors/artists. I see first hand that the issue might be they are truly just so excited and anxious to see their stories in print 🙂
    I think it is great that you refer them to your list of illustrators to help them along their journey! Also, kudos on offering the new writing/illustration packages!
    Thanks for the read!
    Dawn Milstrey

    • Hi, Dawn,

      I hadn’t thought of it in reverse. You’re right though, new authors are bursting at the seams to see their story in print. I visited your website and love your illustrations!