Question & AnswersCategory: Rights & Licensingrepublishing-an-independently-published-picture-book
Leah Dean Thomas asked 3 months ago

Thank you so much for offering this service! I created a picture book as an assignment for a graphic design class, and the final portion of the assignment was to publish the book through Kindle Direct Publishing. I\’ve had an encouraging response so far, but I\’d love to see if my little book could go further. Is my manuscript confined only to KDP forever, or is there the slightest chance of finding representation? I\’ve written to several agents and already had a couple of rejections, but no one said anything about whether it was even possible for someone to pick it up. I\’d gladly take my book off Amazon right now and make whatever changes necessary if it had the slightest chance of ending up in my local bookstore or the public library someday. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

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Sarah Davies Staff answered 3 months ago

Hi, Leah
I think it is very possible to find representation, even with your first book published by Kindle Direct. Agents are looking for a great marriage of story text and art (I’m presuming you’re an illustrator too), and even if this particular book isn’t for them, if they like what they see (enough), they can easily ask you what else you are offering or might write/illustrate in the future. 
I think you should approach more agents and monitor the responses. I’d guess that if you don’t get anywhere, it could be because agents feel you aren’t quite ready yet. I wouldn’t necessarily attribute rejections to the Kindle issue. 
I hope this helps. 
Sarah