Hiring an Illustrator: The Self-Publishing Volume
- Illustrator Dani Jones is not only talented, she is a shoot-straight-from-the-hip kind of person. I appreciate that very much. She wrote an article about hiring an illustrator in 2009 that is pretty well-known. <http://danidraws.com/2009/01/22/how-to-find-an-illustrator-for-your-picture-book/>
Now, she has written a follow-up post addressing hiring an illustrator for self-publishing:
"The riskiest move you can make for the success of your book (especially children's books) is to hire a cheap illustrator. Illustration is often the first thing your audience sees about your book. People will judge the quality and investment put into the book based on the art. If you want to avoid risk, the art is not the place to make sacrifices. If you are able to find an illustrator who works for cheap, you will probably get what you pay for."
Please share among your writers' groups and colleagues. This is information that needs to get out there.
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- Thanks, Diandra, for the illustrator info.
I am publishing Pine Cones and Magnolia Blossoms as an e book which
will be distributed through all the usual e book channels (Amazon, B &
N, etc.) I need to furnish the cover. I only need one picture for a
Middle Grade historical novel. I have budgeted $200. I like the
realistic historical style of art.
My website will give an artist an idea: www.joanwmartin.com
If an illustrator is interested, please e mail me and I can send you
Pine Cones & Magnolia Blossoms is set in 1940s with the premise: not
as much separates blacks and whites as we thought. Think The Help for
two eleven-year-old girls. Sarah Sue, white, and Princetta, black,
live in a S.Alabama town, just before World War II. Sarah Sue has no
awareness of people living in difficult circumstances until she
becomes friends with Princetta, the daughter of their black cook.
Sarah Sue dares anything for fun, instigating escapades that get both
girls into trouble. Tension mounts as prejudice and bigotry intrude on
their adventures and come to a head when a cross is burned in
Princetta’s front yard. When Sarah Sue hears Eleanor Roosevelt speak
at Princetta’s church, she recognizes the skewed injustices and feels
compelled to question the status quo.
I visualize: white girl sitting
in a porch swing, black girl sweeping porch
background church with columns
cross burning in front of dilapidated house
pine trees & magnolia trees around the edges
Not all of this, just pick and choose????
JoAn Watson Martin
2407 Kilgore Rd.
Baytown TX 77520
I don't know if I have missed an email about this because I am having major computer issues.
I have planned on attending this on Saturday, but I am still waiting to hear where it will be. I am concerned about the weather. I don't want to drive two hours to be outside in this unpredictable weather that we have been having.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.