I've run into an issue with illustrations and cover designs. I have a member of my family who designs covers to the novels I'm writing, and a friend in Alaska that I'd like to have illustrate a children's picture book for me. Does this level of management and customization doom me to only being able to self publish?
I've wondered what is the most appropriate method for informing a potential publisher or agent that I have a cover already, should I state it in my query? or wait until my work gets accepted and then spring it on them? I don't want to hurt my chances, but I feel like its something important to let the publisher know.