Hello, I have been writing a novella for a few months now. I did not intend for it to be a novella (I was actually not sure what I wanted it to be when I started) but for the story I have in my head that is about the length it will end up as. Is there any publisher that takes them, or is it an unmarketable sort of book? If I decide to submit to agents, should I call it a novella or a short novel?That is a pretty tough sell, but I don't think it matters what you call it. Tell them the word count, and they'll know what the challenge is.
I'm writing a picture book in which much of the humor will be in the illustrations. They will contain clues, visual jokes, and information key to the story but not mentioned in the text. How do I indicate that? I know it isn't my job as the writer to tell the illustrator what to draw, but the text alone is only half the story and less than half the humor.Notes about the illustration should be confined strictly to those things that are essential in order for a reader to understand the manuscript.
I am basically wondering about the differences between photo shoots and stock photography in YA covers. Is there a way to determine which method will be used?The book's budget.
Is one more effective than the other?Not necessarily. Photo shoots usually get better results, but some stock photography designs are very successful.
Also, there was another author who had told me that a lot of the covers where partial features are shown (a chin or a forehead) are publishing company employees. Do you know if this is true?It's certainly true that photo shoots are a heck of a lot less expensive if you don't also have to pay a model.