JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
We're looking for illustrators who share a passion for picture books and who'll apply their artistic gifts to create memorable ones. If this sounds like you, we invite you to contact us with your portfolio. If you're an author/illustrator, we'll look at your manuscript too (including unsolicited). In your email, please describe your knowledge of picture book layouts, your skill sets and your specialties.
Check out the various illustration styles we on Pinterest. We appreciate art that pays homage to the author's intentions while illustrating beyond the literal text with artistic understanding, and humor when applicable. Carrot Top Press admires an illustrator's ability to create fluidity and movement, intriguing conflict (interpersonal, intrapersonal, environmental), unexpected details for children to find when perusing a page spread (including discovery elements not in the manuscript), and generally, the ability to catapult readers, young and older, into the storybook's universe. We rejoice over illustrations that add layered meaning to the story, and we celebrate when the story's plot can be interpreted by the child, even by non-readers. Our goal is for youngsters to relish looking at the pages repeatedly, and for the artwork to be so charming that the book's images will be remembered for years to come.
As of 2019, Carrot Top Press is brand new and operating from Ashland, Oregon. Please review our publishing house's submission guidelines.