Many More Pages of Illustrations

I’ve decided to have illustrations on both facing pages of most of my latest book, Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon. In my prior children’s books I had text on one facing page and an illustration on the other. The change substantially increases my illustration costs but I believe having illustrations on most facing pages adds much more color and magic to my stories. The image above is an example of the change. It depicts Dreami sheltering her new friend from a heavy rain while drying her off and keeping her warm.

I hope you like the changes.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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20 Responses to Many More Pages of Illustrations

  1. lorrs33 says:

    They’re beautiful!

  2. Great illustrations Russ 👍😃

  3. ksbeth says:

    beautiful and i think it will be enjoyed by all of your readers )

  4. JanBeek says:

    You’ll have to pass the added costs on to the consumer, but I think it will be well worth it. I like the concept of pictures connected on facing pages. Cool!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Jan. Actually, based on current sales levels I’m absorbing most of the costs rather than passing them on to the consumer. For example, for most eBooks I receive about 35 cents in royalties. The costs for the illustrator alone typically runs between $750 and $1500 for one of my picture books. When adding all the other costs, you can see that I can sell a lot of copies and still not break even. This is a labor of love for me (though I’d also love to at least break even!)

  5. I do like that Russ. It will pull the words into the illustrations.

  6. Congrats on your book, I am a newly published children’s book author too.

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