I know that every case can be different, but it seems like there should be a standard split between the author and the illustrator of a children's book. Does anyone know?

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The split is usually 50:50. In a picture book the illustrator may get 60:40.


I am a children's book illustrator. Thom is right 50:50 or for heavily illustrated picture books 60:40. When it comes to the advance, the illustrator usually gets more because it will take them 3 to 8 months to finish illustrations for the book. They need something to live on while they are working.

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