As a picture book author, I always struggle with when to include an art note and when not to. Some editors and agents seem to hate them. My agent mentor at the NJ March SCBWI conference pretty much told me, "They should ALL go!"
But... won't the editor/agent be wondering what happens there?" I asked.
"NO," he replied. "CUT CUT CUT"
So, I sent my story to an agent without art notes and got this response today. "What happens there?"
I AM NOT KIDDING!
She said there seemed to be a gap in the story. Well, it is a bit of a Catch 22. Industry wisdom dictates that a picture book should be half told by the author and half told by the illustrator, but you can't submit half a story! So, unless you happen to be an illustrator, you are in a bit of a bind.
What's a PB author to do?