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 $275 for a full-page, $185 for a half-page, and $125 for a spot illustration. The price of illustration can vary greatly by genre, experience, and intricacy but the average cost for an illustration is $275. 

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.

Palmetto Publishing FAQs

Because at Palmetto, we care about the authors we work with, and we want to see them succeed. Our competitors can’t match our personal customer service, plus a 100% satisfaction guarantee. While our competitors are taking a cut of your profits, we never take any royalties. We also offer payment plans for our services and bundles, so you don’t have to pay everything at once. We tailor the services around each author’s project as opposed to trying to fit them into a blanket package that might not be a good fit for the author. We simply love the publishing industry. We’re here to help real authors who have had difficulty with traditional publishing houses or who have always wanted to self-publish.

Unlike working with traditional publishers, which can sometimes take years to get your book completed, publishing with Palmetto can take as little as 6-8 weeks. If you need your book done sooner, please let us know ASAP so that we can do our best to fulfill your needs.

Prices per services vary depending on a number of factors. Visit our services page, and contact us today so that one of our publishing professionals can help you determine the cost of your project.

Yes, you absolutely can. You can purchase one or more of any of our services although we do require we do at least the cover design and interior formatting. All other services can be mixed and matched as needed. This is designed for you to truly get exactly what you need as an author. Maybe you just need a cover illustration, or you need help with copyediting. Whatever the case may be, we have all your publishing needs at Palmetto Publishing.

We do offer editing services. We can do everything from simple copyediting to more in-depth developmental editing.

Absolutely not. During the editing process, we will give guidance and offer advice as to the flow of the manuscript. We will never try to change your actual content. You have full creative control over your material with Palmetto Publishing.

You can print your book anywhere. We hope you will choose us as our quality is second to none. Regardless of the services you need, we’re here for you through one step or all the steps of the process. We’re here for you however you need us.

While we require we publish the book in print, we can also definitely help you with your eBook! We have the tools, the knowledge, and the resources to help you get your eBook online fast.

Selling your book is, of course, an essential part of the process. To get your book out in front of your target audience and to convert these potential customers to readers can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be. With our expert marketing services, we’ll develop a plan to showcase your work and get your name out to the right places. From press releases to an author website, we’ll devise a game plan to set you up for success. Check out our marketing services for more information. (link to marketing services page)

You do not. At Palmetto, we’re here to help you with all the ins and outs of publishing. We’ll guide you through the process and consult with you to ensure you understand all aspects, effectively doing the job that a literary agent would do.

That depends on how well your book sells. Published authors who have written compelling stories and really work hard to get their names out there can be very successful. If you ask any published author, regardless of how they publish, they will tell you that it requires a great deal of effort on behalf of the author to make their book a success. We are here to help you every step of the way.

We take 0% of the proceeds from your published book. All your work is yours alone, so you keep 100% of the profit.

Yes, you will. Contact a tax lawyer or reach out to the IRS to ensure you’re paying the correct amount of taxes prior to tax filing season.

We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the end results, we’ll work with you to ensure we hit the mark. No matter what, we want you to be happy with a finished product that is ready for the world!