Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pictures or Illustrations...

Pictures or Illustrations in your book...

Will you have any picture or illustrations in your book?

Why or why not?

I think I do but I am worried that it forces my visions on the reader. Rather than let the reader imagine it for themselves.
Not a lot of illustrations, but at key points in the story, like a reward for the reader.

The Illustration has to be done very well, so vivid and realistic it adds to the book rather than detract from it...

Thx for your time and for any response you might leave. All responses help me grow as a writer and as a person.
Thx again.


  1. I'd love to put in illustrations, but I don't draw. I do think I'll need maps, particularly for my sword and sorcery.

  2. I don't know that I'll do illustrations... but I suppose if the publisher wants them, that will be fine with me (as long as they are good).

    I'll have to have illustrations for my veggie books, since they are intended to be picture books for very young kids.

  3. That's a good question. I would love illustrations because it adds to the story and adds more to the enjoyment of reading the story. I'd say write what you like. :) Not only will it be easier for you but that's what should matter. People have different tastes and I'm sure you will find those who will love your stories. So let your imagination soar and have fun writing your story. Good luck! :D

  4. I think you have to decide for yourself. I have not read many books lately with any pictures but I have a few that have maps to help the reader understand the locations. If I were to write a book only the cover would have pictures, unless it was nonfiction and had charts or something.