Enter our Mad March Book Submission!

We're giving away FREE book illustrations and editing with our Mad March Book Submission!

We LOVE getting new pictures books out into the world. So... this month we've decided to give away FREE book illustrations and editing to ONE lucky aspiring author - the only thing you'd pay for is the publishing and printing!


If you've been umming and ahhhing about turning your story into a real book... or feeling nervous about pressing GO on your self-publishing dream then this could be the moment you've been waiting for!

We will choose one lucky person to win:

  • FREE 10 colour illustrations by our super-talented illustrator Lucie (normally worth £650)
  • FREE editing (normally worth £100)

We're only giving this wonderful offer away to ONE person who submits their book idea and signs up to print 10 or 1000 books (prices are below!). You need to enter before the 20th March to be in with a chance of being chosen as our Mad March Book Submission winner!


Our printing and publishing prices are:

Our Mad March Book Submission is open to UK residents only. (Sorry... maybe next time we'll let you enter from abroad!)

Enter our Mad March Book Submission now!

Some info you might want to know:

Your book will always remain your book. If you're chosen as our Mad March Book Submission winner then we will help you get it all finished, illustrated, printed and published! We would never take any royalties from your book sales so it all stays totally in your control.


The illustrators name (Lucie) will be credited on the cover of your final book (it will also be on the Neilson database).

See our full Mad March Book Submission Terms and Conditions

Enter our Mad March Book Submission by completing the form below. Good luck! :)

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Our Mad March Book Submission Terms & Conditions (and the process if you win!)

Fi & Books Mad March Book Submission Terms and Conditions:

The Fi & Books Mad March Book Submission is open to UK residents only, aged 18 and over.


The Fi & Books Mad March Book Submission will be open from 9.00am (BST) on 3rd March 2020 to 9:00pm on 20th March 2020. Any entries outside of this period will not be counted.


Each participant can only enter the Fi & Books Mad March Book Submission once.


The prize is not transferable, re-saleable or exchangeable. There is no cash alternative.


One Mad March Book Submission winner will be chosen by Fi Woodhead and Becs Jeffery. The decision of Fi and Becs is final.


The prize includes the following only: Fi & Books editing services and 10 bespoke illustrations by our illustrator Lucie. The Mad March Book Submission winner must commit to printing and publishing 10 or 1000 books with Fi & Books. A 50% deposit for Fi & Books publishing and printing services will be required before the editing and illustration process begins.


If you are shortlisted for the Fi & Books Mad March Book Submission we will require your manuscript by the 25th March 2020. The winner will be notified by email on the 27th March 2020. We will announce the winner's name on Fi & Books social media accounts.


No information regarding participants or entries will be disclosed to any third party.


No entries from agents, third parties, organised groups or applications automatically generated by computers will be accepted. No incomplete or corrupted entries will be accepted.


The Mad March Book Submission winner will need to send their complete manuscript to Fi & Books by the 3rd April 2020 for the editing and illustrating process to begin (YAY!).



The process if you win our Fi & Books Mad March Book Submission!

STEP ONE: Yay you won! We will be very excited and giddy for you! Right, down to business, we will ask you to send over your manuscript in a Word document by the 3rd April 2020 so the exciting stuff can begin! We will also send you an invoice so you can pay your 50% deposit for our printing and publishing services. This must be paid before the editing and illustration process begins.


STEP TWO: We will review your manuscript and provide editing services including amendments and book layout suggestions (e.g. spelling, grammar and punctuation). Once your manuscript is finalised you'll be ready to brief your illustrator!


STEP THREE: We will ask you to populate our Illustrator Briefing Form (like the example shown below). Your prize includes 10 bespoke illustrations created by your chosen illustrator. You need to clearly include the wording you want on each page alongside the illustration you would like to be created. You can describe your ideal illustration in words... but a sketch is even better! Don't worry if it's only a rough drawing, no one is judging your artistic skills!

STEP FOUR: Your chosen illustrator will create the first test page for you. After you have approved the test page your illustrator can start work on the other pages of your book.


STEP FIVE: Your illustrator will create the rest of your illustrations and you can see your book come to life! Your illustrations will be totally bespoke to your book, therefore it can be a time consuming process. Once your drawings are approved it is very hard to go back and amend things 'here and there', so please try to be as clear as possible in your initial brief. Please note: our Mad March Book Submission offer only includes 10 bespoke illustrations, it does not include the costs for any amendments. If additional illustration amendments are required these will be charged at an hourly rate with your illustrator.


STEP SIX: We will create an on-screen artwork proof of your book for you to review and approve. Final tweaks can be made to your book artwork. Please note: our Mad March Book Submission offer only includes one round of text amendments to your artwork. If additional text amendments are required these will be charged at an hourly rate with Fi & Books.


STEP SEVEN: Once you have approved your on-screen artwork proof we will provide publishing services and generate your ISBN number, take care of the small-print and upload your book onto the Neilson Database - exciting! We will also arrange for your printed copies to be printed and delivered to your chosen address (yipeeeee!).


STEP EIGHT: You will officially be a self-published author with your first ever print run! It will be time to start promoting your book far and wide... and hopefully make some money too. You can sell your book via booksellers, bookshops or on your own website... but school author visits are a brilliant way to sell high quantities of your book and promote it at the same time. Time to start start showing people the REAL book that has been living in your brain up until now!


STEP NINE: You will be amazed how quickly you sell your books! Simply email us and we can help arrange print more copies of your picture book with the printer at a low competitive price. And if you need an author website, bookmarks, banners we can help with that too.

Enter our Mad March Book Submission now!