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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => Illustrating => Topic started by: jenniferleider on October 22, 2019, 09:47 AM

Title: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: jenniferleider on October 22, 2019, 09:47 AM
Hi all! I'm an author working with a tiny, indie publishing company in its second year. As this is my first traditionally published book, I'm trying to help the company move the process forward. The book is about a little boy with two moms. If you're interested, please reach out with samples of your work. The advance will be low-ish (under $1200) but royalties will be nice, and you'll be making the world a more inclusive place!
Title: Re: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: Michael Sussman on October 22, 2019, 04:21 PM
Editors typically choose the illustrator. Has your editor asked you to locate one and pay for it?
Title: Re: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 22, 2019, 08:46 PM
If you've been asked to find people with styles you like so the publisher can contact them, that's great. Otherwise, I have the same question as Michael.
Title: Re: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: christripp on October 23, 2019, 02:15 AM
Hi Jennifer,
It might help to let Illustrators know the name of the publisher (to gage how their book sales have been and the publishers potential for earning out the advance, typically at 5%) to start earning royalties. 
Also a bit more about the project, for example Style:  A story may call for realistic Illustration, whimsical, cartoon art, etc.  Certainly there are many other factors involved, (deadline, net/gross royalties, payment schedule, etc) before agreeing to a contract but those could be considered once an interest is shown by the publisher, to a particular Illustrator.
Congrats on your contract :)
Title: Re: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: thunderingelephants on October 23, 2019, 08:45 AM
I agree with all others here. In every book I've read the advice is that you shouldn't find your own illustrator because it is the responsibility of the publisher to seek the illustrator. Or they should have their own.
Two books which may of interest to you are "Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books", by Harold Underdown (which has a whole chapter on the subject. Or, as others have suggested CWIM.
Sounds like vanity press & I wouldn't really go for it. I've learned here that the costs aren't worth & many bookstores probably wouldn't sell them.
Title: Re: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: seth-taylor on November 22, 2019, 05:40 AM
Have you found an illustrator yet? Sounds like an interesting project.
Title: Re: Looking for a freelance illustrator!
Post by: karen-b-jones on November 22, 2019, 02:33 PM
I'd also like to know if you're still looking for an illustrator.  And, as  christripp said, it would be helpful to know more about the project and publisher.