How to make your personal author/illustrator page AMAZING!
Bookroo is all about helping people find great books. One way to do that is to help them discover great authors and illustrators... enter our Creative pages, which are designed to make it easier for people to find you and learn more about you and your books! We've created the bare bones page, but you're the expert on you so we could use your help to make this page a great introduction to yourself and your work!
What can you do to spruce up your page? Read our suggestions below. We’re excited to continue building relationships and giving creatives like you a unique channel for sharing books, and we’d love to help you connect with our audience of book lovers.
Here are some elements of a great author/illustrator page. We're working on creating a system that will allow you to update elements of your page on your own, but for now please send materials/change requests to [email protected] and we'll make the updates for you.
The ideal profile image is a great head-shot that allows your personality to shine through. We're looking for a 500px width image. This image will be shown at whatever aspect ration you submit on your personal page, and will be cropped to a square on all of your book pages, so please make sure your head is in the "center square".
This is a chance to show off a glimpse of your work and style! This can be a snapshot from a finished book, sketchbook, etc. This image should be 1200x360px exactly.
Let people get to know you a little bit, both with biographical information, work highlights, and also some personal tidbits that are relatable and humanizing. (Your favorite snack while working is ice cream?!?! Hey, me too!) No need for an essay—this should be 1-2 paragraphs long.
You can add as many gallery images as you'd like to showcase yourself, your studio, your work, your hobbiest, etc. These images should be between 600 and 800 px wide.
Get Creative: Give us details
There are two different ways to add additional details to your personal page. The first is through inline detailed sections. This lends itself particularly well to things you really want to highlight.
The second is through expanding/collapsing detailed sections. This lends itself particularly well to interview questions!
Some ideas of interview questions you can answer are:
- What do you hope young readers experience from your work?
- How has reading influenced your life?
- What was the biggest challenge in creating your first published book?
- Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?
- Do you have a favorite children’s book?
- What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?
- Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?
- What does a typical work day look like for you?
- What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?
- What world have you created in a book that you'd most like to live in?
- Who are some role models of yours in the children's book realm?
- How did you come to the realization that you wanted to write/illustrate children's books professionally?
- Tell us about your process for creating a children's book from start to finish?
- If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?
- Do you have a favorite of the children's books you've written? Why?
- If you could collaborate with anyone on creating a children's book, who would it be?
- What do you hope to be remembered for?
- What is the biggest challenge you face when writing/illustrating a children's book?
- How do(es) your spouse/children/grandchildren influence your work?
- When is your favorite time to work?
- Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?
- How did you go about developing your personal style?
- What is a goal you'd like to accomplish, either within the field of children's literature, or outside it?
- What do you do to brainstorm for new ideas?
- Who is your favorite person to test story ideas out on?
Feel free to write your own questions too!
More of your books
Make sure we have all of your fantastic books included in our system. To get an additional book added, please fill out this form, or make a copy of and fill out this spreadsheet for multiple books at once.
Become a book critic
As you may have noticed, we’re including ratings of each book. We’re working with librarians, teachers, and some parents, but we’d also love to include ratings and reviews from authors and illustrators. After all, you’re the one with personal experience writing great books! If you’re interested in learning more, please email [email protected]
Send us image files and text updates (for your about and any detail sections) to [email protected]
If you have any questions or concerns about your content or how it is displayed, let us know.