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Offline Newway12

I have a book I've been working on. It's unconventional in that it has illustrations in the book. If I go the traditional publisher route I probably won't get much control over stuff like cover and interior art right? 
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Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not.
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 02:53:25 PM »
Why would you think that? You don't always get to pick who does your cover art, but I know a guy who published with several illustrations from a friend of his, and the very popular books from Mary Brennan have a lot of great illustrations in it which are part of the hype around her books. Unconventional books are harder to publish, maybe... But it can't really hurt to try.
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Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not.
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2017, 03:41:09 PM »
This thread (posted some time back) has some interesting pros and cons on the topic of self-publishing. Worth a read!

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/self-publishing-discussion/why-i-don't-generally-recommend-self-publishing/

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Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not.
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 07:46:25 AM »
I have benefited from your information a lot.

Offline AuthorGuy

Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not.
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 12:29:48 AM »
The cover art is created by the publisher, but the interior art is part of the product and would be as the author requires, provided they have the rights to the art in question. I've seen some novels with art in them, some children's books and some adult adventure stories. Not as unusual as you might think.

Offline Steve Harrison

Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not.
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 02:34:23 AM »
It depends on the publisher. Mine was a small company and I had a great deal of input into the cover design (including my kindergarten-standard drawn suggestion) and final say on any suggested editorial changes. In fact, I was surprised at how much control I was given, as I had previously though that once they buy the book, they can do what they like.

I doubt it would be the same with major publishers, but I think the smaller ones have fewer resources and are very happy for considerable author input.

Self-publishing is the only way to have total control, though, but it's nice having access to free professional editorial and artistic services.

Offline abatch

Re: Deciding whether my book should be self-published or not.
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 08:42:35 PM »
Self publishing also guarantees your book will even get published, and it'll be out faster.