It’s a constant whisper each time I complete a query letter. Maybe, I should just do it myself. They might change the entire vision! I have specific interests, a certain image I think is vital for my book. Not for the story’s success, but for the contrasting imagery.
There are some authors who write novels and illustrate them accordingly. It achieves something that words alone cannot, or rather could, but would bog down the writing. Overly describing things is discouraged due to the slow pacing it can result in.
So by injecting artwork parallel to text one can achieve a greater vision. The readers will still use their imaginations–I know when I read books and there are character illustrations, my mind still puts twists on it.
But alas, many characters of mine, when imagined by many of my home country, I fear wouldn’t be seen the way I envisioned them. No matter how they are described. And one of the things I enjoy about reading is discovering appearances and things that I wouldn’t have considered. While I think my writing does convey the character’s and or places’ appearances, I find it prudent to produce pictorial art along with the text.
Yet, a publisher might hinder this vision. They mayn’t like the style. Perhaps it won’t sell in their minds. Given how difficult it is to find an agent, and I imagine just as time consuming to find a publisher; it constantly forces me to consider going at it on my own. For if i finally find an agent interested in my work, but I am not interested in the agent, then dozens more rejections may pass before I potentially find another.
From the cover, to illustrations–even the title. All could be reworked, and the image I have may be lost. While the story may remain, the pictorial design might just blend into the illustrations of thousands of books of my genera.
My apologies for this unpolished mess. Just thinking aloud.
If you have similar thoughts please share! I’d be quite delighted.