Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
OP, my artist books have little writing in them. Maybe a page or 3 per 100 pages of photos. I am not a writer I am a photog. So I am never feeling bad about not having loads of words.
I produce landmark photos that need no words, maybe just basic descriptions sometimes. Where I need to advance is in the cover design, layout etc. I a not that creative in those areas.
If you have loads of $, one can just hire a designer. But budget wise I have to do it all. My books evolve over time. I print up a maquette then maybe another 2 or3 prototypes. Then the book I usually settled.
Sometimes if the book evolves I make a 2nd or 3rd edition. Just make it and then off to the next project. I can always change things.