Let's say that a hard working author is also a hard working artist and decides to create a series of very lovely drawings to go with his shiny new book (along the lines of 30 drawings for a 100,000 word story). Is this something that should be highlighted in a query letter or do sharks only prefer the fresh meat of the written word? This doesn't often appear in the FAQ section of agent websites and I was wondering also about how often this happens.
This is an interesting question.
Let's assume you don't have this blog for answers. If you were just trying to figure out how to query drawings with a novel, how would you submit them?
Attach a pdf?
Query guidelines say "no attachments."
Insert in body of email?
Those graphics get stripped out of my email and sent as an attachment OR they send the email directly to spam.
Just say "I have art"
That seems lame, doesn't it?
Ok, so the next step is figure out how other people who have art in their 100,000 word novels submitted it. Off to Amazon for research. Or the local library.
There are no novels with art?
How can that be?
Well, mostly cause adult novels do not include art. Even from hardworking artists. The first reason for that is money. It costs more to include any kind of art. The higher the cost to produce the book, the less money the publisher makes per book cause they can't just make a novel more expensive than other novels and still sell a gazillion.
And you really don't want to be the most expensive novel on the shelf as a debut author.
So, no you don't highlight this.
You don't even mention it.
The reason it's not in FAQs is cause you shouldn't even be considering it.
Put the art on your website AFTER you know you have a book deal. Your fans will appreciate it.
And in case you think I'm just blowing smoke, if a query letter tells me about all the great art that goes with a novel, I pass at once.