Outskirts Press Offers 5 Reasons for Book Illustrations and How to Get Them

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Book illustrations aren’t just child’s play. There are many book genres that need them, and Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors ways to get them affordably.

Custom illustrations bring history, fantasy and information to life.

Whether demonstrating instructions, providing historical reference or bringing life to a complex character, illustrations perform a vital role in literature. This is equally true in works of fiction as it is in reference, cookbooks, children’s literature and history books.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it makes sense for authors in today’s visually centered world to use them to tell their compelling stories. Outskirts Press, the No. 1-rated self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, offers would-be self-publishing authors five ways book illustrations boost any literary work, and how to get them at an affordable price.

1.    Creative art stimulates imaginations. Particularly in young readers, colorful or fanciful art fires up the imagination in ways that the printed word cannot. With an image planted in their minds (by an illustrator and directed by the author), children can easily see the story play out in their mind’s eye. These early experiences with books serve to bridge the gap between non-reading toddlers to proficient readers. But lest one assumes book illustrations are a juvenile author’s game, here are other ways they prove valuable.
2.    They serve as book cover art. Inarguably, the most important illustration an author will choose is the first one – the art on their book cover. While photography is perfectly acceptable for a cover, sometimes it’s not a realistic option. (Think supernatural fiction, fantasy, paleontology or other topics for which an artist’s rendering is valuable.) In an illustrator’s talented hands, the dragon on that Medieval thriller will look like it’s breathing real fire.
3.    Illustrations give readers valuable information within the content, too. Whether demonstrating instructions, providing historical reference or bringing life to a complex character, illustrations perform a vital role in literature. This is equally true in works of fiction as it is in reference, cookbooks, children’s literature and history books. In fact, there is no situation that doesn’t benefit from visual art.
4.    They are surprisingly economical. Anyone who has ever hired a professional photographer knows it can be an expensive proposition. Believe it or not, photogs often spend more time setting up lights, coordinating models (when necessary), snapping a variety of shots and editing their photos than an illustrator does in their renderings. It all pays off in the superior quality and high resolution of their photos but comes at a cost. So, it is worth considering illustrations from a talented artist who can deliver very specific image for a reasonable price.
5.    Pictures sell. While most authors aren’t necessarily thinking about marketing when they select book illustrations, they certainly can come in handy for this purpose. A press release, sales sheet or query letter accompanied by a vivid depiction of the story is eye-catching and gives buyers and media outlets additional options for publication.

Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors many ways to acquire illustrations. Customers can purchase anything from a single custom illustration staring as low as $259 to a package of 15 illustrations, all the way up to an all-inclusive One-Click Publishing package with full-color illustrations included.

For more information about self-publishing and book marketing services from Outskirts Press, visit the company at http://www.OutskirtsPress.com.

About Outskirts Press Inc.: Outskirts Press helps authors develop and publish high-quality books by offering exceptional design, printing, publishing, distribution and book marketing services. Top Consumer Reviews ranks Outskirts Press No. 1 because they are passionate about delivering outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, industry-leading royalties, and a team of hands-on, U.S.-based publishing experts. At http://www.outskirtspress.com authors can publish their book, their way, today.

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