Your book is perfect… now, do you know where are the pictures are coming from?
The other day at my SCBWI meeting (have you joined yet?), I mentioned my easy technique for creating a Kindle book from Microsoft Word, and I said, “you just take the words and pictures and pull them together in Microsoft Word.” To which someone asked, “yeah, but where do the pictures come from???”
Everybody’s ears perked up. Where DO the pictures come from?
You see, most of us are writers, not illustrators. Some of us couldn’t even draw stick figures, even if our lives depended on it.
If you write AND draw, you’re lucky. For most of us, writing is easy… and drawing our own pictures is an impossible dream.
But don’t worry – that doesn’t mean you’re stuck! Here are three affordable ways (from cheapest to most expensive) that I’ve managed to get great pictures for my own books at prices that didn’t bankrupt me (yet):
1) Super-cheap: Stock illustrations & photos
I told you a couple of weeks ago about how I get stock photos and illustrations for only $1 apiece… and sometimes, even less. I really recommend you check it out.
Not every book is the right fit for stock photos, but sometimes, they can add a lot of fun to a story. I’ve written a series of Jewish holiday children’s books illustrated with stock photos of animals.