Here Comes Trouble! An Investigation of Publishing, Illustrating, and Marketing in the World of Children’s Literature
This thesis project investigates the many ways to illustrate, publish, and market Here Comes Trouble! The Story of Curious & Crisis, a book which aims to teach children how to cope with various crises. It includes research on different types and processes of book publication, the many players involved in such processes, a book proposal intended for a popular press publisher, and hand-drawn and digital illustrations for the story, with my own personal narrative weaved throughout. The book proposal includes information about the author, possible markets to whom the book could be marketed, a possible promotion plan for the story, a list of competing and complementary works, and a summary of each chapter. Along with searching the internet and reading various books, research was conducted by taking online courses and conducting informational interviews with authors and illustrators. The paper concludes with my own reflection of the difficulties faced and knowledge gained through working on the project, including future plans for both the story and myself.