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The picturebook illustrator
You are finally done writing and editing your book. The next step are illustrations and a design (formatted). You google everything from China to India, from $5 to $5,000 dollars, but you can’t make an actual choice.
Who can you trust with your ‘baby’, this project in which you have put so much passion and love. I totally understand how important this is to you. That’s why I like to help you by making it easy for you. With just one click you meet that one person (which is me of course) who can help you with every step of the way to self-publish your book.
If you have any questions or you want to get to know me better as a designer and illustrator, I’ll be happy to answer all your questions via email, skype, zoom or, very old-fashioned, a phone call.
Cover design for print and e-book
Design picturebook content for print & ebook (32 pages)
- 3D mock-up (FREE!)
Picture book illustrations
14 spreads for a picture book of 32 pages in high resolution for print and e-book
- 3D mock-up (Free!)
Picture book illustration & design
Illustrations (32 pages / 14 spreads)
Cover design for print & ebook
Picture book design print ready and e-book (32 pages)
3D mockup (Free!)
$ 7,625 starting from
Unique skilled designer
I am a unique skilled designer who will help you every step of the way. As a designer, I receive the correct sizes of the book, the texts and the illustrations from you so I can make a beautiful design. I will keep you informed continuously by sending you a PDF for approval until you are satisfied with the result.
When you also like to have illustrations, I would love to receive the script (which is absolutely save with me) and the style you have in mind. We plan a meeting on Zoom or Skype to discuss details. Then I’ll get to work for you. As soon as I have made the first sketches, I will send them to you by email. From there I make each spread and put it directly in the book so you can see how it will look together with the text. I will keep you informed during the entire process. When the book is finished, I make a print-ready PDF file and the free mock-up for the presentation on social media.
After the project is finished, you can always count on me for advice or questions because I would love to see your book become a success.
Design & formatting
If you have already done a lot yourself, such as editing texts and making illustrations, the last thing you need to do is design to create a format you can use for print.
I collect text, illustrations and printing information (sizes and how to send this to the printer) and get to work. I start by converting all artwork to CMYK and 300 DPI. I choose a layout of the book and then let the text flow in the book for which I choose a matching font for the title and the plain text. I place the illustrations on the pages where necessary.
You will regularly receive a PDF proof by email in which we discuss the progress and you can make changes. When you’re completely happy, I’ll create a high-resolution PDF that you can use for print. You will receive two files, a PDF with contents and a PDF of the cover.
You’re not the only one who has a great children’s story in mind but can’t get past a Word document. I’m going to help you to create this into an actual picture book. After I have written, illustrated, designed and published five picture books. With my experience and knowledge I can help you step by step and bring your story to life.
Creating illustrations take more time. I start by reading your story and reviewing your ideas for the illustrations. Once I’ve got a good sense of the book, I’ll start making rough sketches and developing the characters.
When we are both satisfied with the rough sketches and layout all together, I work out the sketches one by one and place them in the book so we can immediately see if it fits with the text. Of course I keep you informed of the progress of the illustrations.
Ultimately, a final file is created from which I make a PDF that can eventually be send to the printer.
As an accomplished web designer since 1997, I have been building websites and blogs for my clients for many years. If you publish your own book, you can not do without a website.
The only thing you have to provide is text and possibly illustrations or photos that you want to use. I’ll put the rest together for you. But that’s not all, because once the website has been completed and you want to start blogging yourself but you don’t know what to do anymore, you can always email me and I will guide you through it!
A 3D mockup is nothing but a photo of your book in 3D format. If we’re both happy with the cover, I’ll use photoshop to make a 3D photo of it so you can share it on your social media channels. I know, it may sound ridiculous, but you get this 3D photo from me for free.
You keep talking about self-publishing your book, Mireille, how does that work? Nowadays you no longer need a publisher to publish your book. You can easily publish your own book via POD (Printing On Demand) at companies such as Amazon.
If your book doesn’t become a bestseller, you won’t be left with a cellar full of unsaleable books that you can eventually throw away. I help you step by step through the entire process.
I once started entrepreneurship as a rookie. I had to learn so much about entrepreneurship, in addition to the profession that I had learned at college. I gained my business knowledge by asking questions to other entrepreneurs, but also by listening a lot. After almost 25 years of entrepreneurship, I would like to share my knowledge with you. I know so much about so many things, I would very much like to share with you during the publishing of your book.
“Mireille turned out to be a golden match for working out what I had in mind. Shout out to this amazing woman! I am very grateful for her dedication and talent.”
Kristel Melissa Elstak
Author ‘Brad de vegetarische superheld’
“I am very satisfied with Mireille’s professional and prompt action and advice. She helped me very well with the publication of my book. She is happy to answer any question. I definitely recommend Mireille.”
Montse Gomez Garcia
Not quite convinced yet? I’m happy to answer all your questions in a zoom/skype/teams/hangout session. It’s so easy to make an appointment here. But you can of course also send me an email.
OOPS!: A funny story about hiccups turning the wrong way
In the beautifull illustrated picture book ‘Oops! A funny story about the hiccups going the wrong way,” poor Poppy Pufferfish bounces at the bottom of the ocean. She has the hiccups and doesn’t know how to stop the hiccups. With each hiccup, she swallows a huge gulp of water that makes her bounce around like a huge soccer ball. Her fins are therefore set up in such a way that they have become sharp pins that sting who ever comes close. But then she meets Oggy Octopus, almost pinching him with one of her pins
Wobbly Winnie wiggles too much: When sitting still is not an option
The story of Wobbly Winnie is based on true events from the life of a mother with an ADHD child. From the glitter strewn house, the enthusiastic ideas to the baking of cakes, it was all a challenge.
Living with ADHD is often a challenge, but mostly for the child itself instead of getting stressed about taming the child, let’s laugh about all the funny moments!
A funny mustread book for every parent with an over active child
Fly kite, fly!: About a boy who didn't know how to ask for help
When Gunner gets a new kite, he decides to go to the park to join the other children. But there he realizes that he doesn’t even know how to make the kite fly. He has no idea how to ask for help. Fortunately, his sister comes to the rescue!
Gunner’s story is familiar to children with autism. They want to join the other children but they don’t know how, so they get stuck. Gunner is lucky that his sister teaches him how to ask for help so he learns it’s not so scary to interact with the other chilren. Wouldn’t it be great if every child on the spectrum has a buddy like Winnie to help them learn social skills.
Charlie's first adventure
Charlie is a little blue spider who lives in Australia. There isn’t much to do in Australia, it’s always too hot and all Charlie is doing is lying on the couch and watching TV. He is bored every day. Until one day he sees a program on TV about another place in the world. A place where beautiful flowers bloom, where there are high towers and where everyone eats a lot of chocolate. Charlie looks surprised at all those beautiful places. He wants to go there too! But how? Spiders can’t just travel to another country.
Ralf, the sleepless calf
Ralf is a happy calf during the day. Together with his friends, he play around happy in the meadow. Until the sun goes down and all his friends go to sleep. Ralf can’t sleep. He hears noises everywhere, he sees shadows everywhere.
This funny written and illustrated story is a feast of recognition for parents of children with ADHD and/or autism. The inability to sleep, the alertness, the fear. Everything comes across in this story, along with funny drawings by the author.
Corabella the Caterpillar: and the secret of the magic bean
We all know that you have to eat to grow healthy and strong. Corabella the Caterpillar doesn’t like eating any food with colours. Still, she does want to become a beautiful butterfly, just like her friends.I made up this story of Corabella, for my children when they were young. Both were diagnosed with autism and only wanted to eat white food. By telling them this story of Corabella the Caterpillar and the colourful magic food that would make them grow, they both started trying other food colours, which was a relief for me. It all turned out well because nowadays they are gorgeous healthy adults.