Picture Books

You're in the right place if you've written a picture book for children and you're keen to find out how Paper Veil can help you bring it to life.


This page is intended for writers who have already decided that you'd like to choose Paper Veil to help with the visuals on your picture book journey. 

If you're just starting out and are looking for more general picture book advice then we've written a really helpful little guide to getting started with your picture book over in our library; which includes info on prepping your writing for publication and hiring an illustrator. 

What, when & how much?

The first things you'll probably want to know is how long does it take and how much is it going to cost? Well that does depend on how much work your picture book might require. If your story is short and you only imagine that you'll need 1 or 2 illustrations to accompany it, then understandably this would cost less than a full book of 24 illustrations as it'll take less time to do. Every book is unique in that sense and we can only really quote on a book-by-book basis. 

However, to make this process easier, and to give you a rough idea, we've outlined the key parts of a standard picture book below with an estimate of how much each costs. We've used common book terminology, so that way you can understand exactly what's what and identify the bits that you do and don't need.

1. Cover

Usually front and back layout (imagine a book opened flat, face down) possibly with a spine.
(A spine would only be present on books with a certain amount of pages because otherwise they wouldn't be thick enough to be legible).

Layout of a cover using illustrations that have already been produced are from £50 or if a custom cover illustration is required that would be from £85

2. Endpapers

Endpapers are the usually at the very start and end of the book. They are often just a pattern, colour or sometimes plain white. They are mostly used decoratively inside the covers and sometimes to add pages to the overall length of the book when needed (printed books usually have to have pages in multiples of 4 with a minimum of 16). 

Custom pattern endpapers cost £35, plain colour or white ones are included in our book layout cost.

3. Title Page

Predictably the title page is basically the book title, usually printed against a plain background so that it is clear and easy to read. The title page may also have any copyright information or sometimes a dedication too. It's a page to re-introduce the story title, especially if the cover is heavily illustrated. 

Title pages are included in our book layout cost.

3. Main Pages

These are the main pages of your book, depending on the look you'd like, they will probably be heavily illustrated. A single page is either the left or right side of an open book and a double spread is both the pages you can see when the book is held open. 

We offer 3 illustration options to suit every budget:

  • Full page illustration
    Edge to edge illustration, full colour. These are the most time intensive so are approx £45 per page (£80 per double spread).

  • Focus illustration
    Central style 'contained' illustration with much more white space around the edges, top or bottom. These are from £35 per image.

  • Spot illustration
    Small illustration used to demonstrate a point in the text. You could have 1, 2 or 3 of these to a page. These are from £20 per image.

4. Layout Design

We offer layout design separately to the artwork because in some cases you might not need the book putting together but just want the illustrations. For example an e-book might only need a batch of illustrations whereas a print book will need full layout and print formatting. 

If you do need layout design we can set up your book to your chosen print dimensions, creatively arrange all text so that it works with your artwork, choose and pair fonts and create a file that is ready for print. 

Layout design is from £50 per book. 

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Why choose us?

To put it simply, we're friendly and creative with a desire to find the perfect solution to your brief, whatever that might be. If this sounds like the kind of working relationship you're looking for, then get in touch. 


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