Book Illustration Services

Color Your Vision

Choose from a wide variety of illustrators, who can bring your story to life. Our artists are here to convey your story utilizing a diverse range of illustration styles. Pick the one best suited to you!

*This service can be purchased in addition to the required Cover Design and Interior Formatting services.

Service Options

Full Page

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Half Page

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Spot Illustration

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Palmetto Publishing offers expert book illustration services designed for writers who want to self-publish their work. Whether you need a page, cover, or character illustrations, you can count on our illustrators to deliver incredible output. The right images and illustrations will translate the information, sentiment, whimsical or emotional tones the author conveys.


Palmetto Publishing Book Illustration Process 

We start our book illustration services by learning about you, your work, and your self-publishing goals. From there, we offer a list of illustrators we think are right for you who can capture your readers’ imaginations with absorbing illustrations. But you will decide and choose the book illustrators for your team. 

Whether you’re looking for illustrations for your book cover, an entire book, or only want to have your sketches transformed into digital images; you want the illustrations to do your story justice and create an emotional connection. 

Contact us to start the process of illustrating your book.


Book Illustration Services’ Options and Pricing 

You can purchase our Book Illustration services in addition to the required Cover Design and Interior Formatting services. Full-page illustrations extend beyond the pages’ edges, so no white areas show when we trim the printed pages to size. Half-page illustrations integrate nicely with the text, such as for chapter openings or call-outs. Spot illustrations don’t bleed off the pages’ edges but are contained within the page margins, occupy a third of the page or less, and have less detail.

  • Full Page – one illustration on a page

Starting at $275

  • Half Page – half-page illustration paired with text

Starting at $185

  • Spot Illustration – small illustration surrounded by text

Starting at $125


Our Illustrators 

We want self-publishing authors to publish stunning, professional books while retaining as much of their profits.  We have a pool of professional book illustrators you can count on to deliver incredible output at a reasonable cost. 

At Palmetto Publishing, you can choose from a wide variety of illustrators who can bring your story to life. All our illustrators are full-time, professional illustrators. We work with you, really making sure we understand your vision. That way, we can ensure you love your illustrations. 

When you work with an illustrator from Palmetto Publishing, you simply pay the cost per illustration but do not worry about any future royalties. When you get your illustrations through us, we back it with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. After all, our artists are here to convey your story utilizing a diverse range of illustration styles that are best suited to you!



How much does illustration cost? 

The starting charges at Palmetto Publishing for illustrations are $250 for a full-page, $165 for a half-page, and $110 for a spot illustration. The price of illustration can vary greatly by genre, experience, and intricacy but the average cost for an illustration is $260. 

While you can hire your illustrator, you will likely spend between $200 and $500 in addition to future royalties. 

Do book illustrators get royalties? 

At Palmetto Publishing, our illustrators do not get royalties. When you work with one of our illustrators, you simply pay the cost per illustration and do not have to worry about any future royalties.

A one-time payment for illustrations is an advantage as most trade publishers offer royalties to illustrators. If your contract with an illustrator outside of Palmetto Publishing is on a royalty basis, that illustrator will get a percentage share of the book sales profits. 

How do authors and illustrators work together? 

We match our illustrators with our authors. With an established process in place, authors will approve the illustrations before coloring and then collaborate on the interior formatting process for full, half, or spot page illustrations.

How do I choose a children’s book illustrator? 

Think about the kind of illustrations you enjoyed as a child and what made them so appealing. If you find similar-looking samples, you can then consult with our illustrators’ team and choose who you’d like to work with based on their style.