Frequently Asked Questions
STUDY BUSINESS! Seriously, I wouldn’t have believed me either when I was 18.
Yes. Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) if you’re serious about entering the business of children’s publishing.
Kidlit 411 is also a wonderful, ever-evolving resource. Their blog/mailing list is updated weekly.
Harold Underdown’s website is also full of advice and resources.
And illustrator/designer Lynn Alpert curates a Pinterest board with some great resources resources such as online classes and useful blog posts. I’m working on my own list of resources but Lynne is way ahead of me.
Kathy Temean has a great post about this.
The most common advice is to check “The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines” and resources in the SCBWI’s Book.
An older video from Will Terry on How To Price Illustration for Children’s Books, Editorial, etc. contradicts my advice to check with the GAG book above but there is merit in referencing both the book and this video. Commentary on Will Terry’s video fromGreatStorybook! here.
While I am beyond flattered that you are asking me, you do not need an illustrator to submit your manuscripts for traditional publication.
Even if the illustrations are integral to your text, you can use illustration notes to communicate the bits that are crucial to your story.
Artist & writer Dani Jones has an excellent post on this subject that answers this question a bit better than I can.
And Bitsy Kemper also answers the question, “I’ve written a children’s book…now what?“
I might. But only if I really love your project, you’ve done all your homework, and you’re ready to work harder than me. Illustrating a 32 page childrens book for me can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
Illustrator Elizabeth O. Dulemba wrote a great article called Hiring An Illustrator For Your Book.
Artist & writer Dani Jones has a post on this subject as well.
And Illustrator Randy Gallegos wrote a pamphlet called How to Commission an Illustration that is also quite useful.
In the category of “it never hurts to ask,” I may be able to work with you on creating smaller scale projects. Please be prepared to answer the following questions to I can gauge the scope of your project:
- How many pages is your project?
- Who will be designing the layout (text/image placement & pagination)?
- What type of Illustrations needed for your project (full page/full color, spots color/b&w/both, cover)
- If the project is digital, will you need animation?
- How many (of each kind of) illustrations are needed?
- What is your illustration budget (be realistic), and payment arrangement?
- What are the legal terms (advance with royalty, flat fee, work-for-hire)?
- Who will own the illustration copyrights and what are the terms for illustration usage rights?
- What is the time for project completion?
No. At this time, I don’t illustrate graphic novels. I love reading them though!
Commissions, licensing, and Sales
The cost will depend on the size, medium, and complexity. There are many variables. To give you an example, simple spot illustrations begin around $120. More complex illustrations and basic logos begin around $300.
Send me an email and we can discuss your project.
Yes! Send me an email and we can discuss it.
Illustration Originals and Fine Art:
I do sell my sketches and originals. Please email me for prices.
Archival Quality Prints:
I’m also in the process of adding my prints on demand at InPrnt
If you’d like a print of something you don’t see available, let me know and I’ll set it up for you!