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How to endear yourself to an art director – pt. 3

III. EXECUTING THE ASSIGNMENT (not the art director): DO commit to attitude of reliability and cooperation. DO return phone calls promptly. DO suggest calling back if you feel too emotional to be cordial. DO confirm phone conversations with e-mail memo. DO adhere to a WRITTEN schedule with frequent “check-in” dates. DO agree how final art […]

Formatting for Submission

Humpty Dumpty                                                                                         #words 12345 Wall St. Mother Goosetown, WA (360)123-4567 BREAKING UP IS OVER-EASY by G. Yolk This is an example of a proper format for submitting a manuscript to a publisher.  Start approximately half-way down the page.  Single-space the heading, double-space the body of the text.  Keep these approximate margins and DO […]

Collaboration Made Easy (well, easier!)

in ten, not-so-easy steps (plus three) 1. Impress your editor with your professionalism. Imbue yourself with openness and willingness to cooperate. 2. NEVER directly communicate with the illustrator without your editor’s blessing. 3. Give up the idea you will have total control of your project. The book is not going to look exactly like you […]

Where I get my ideas

When people ask where I get my ideas, I say, ‘They come from my life.’ One day, while sending my second-grader off to school, I suddenly thought of how many ways we deliver a kiss. I put that together with my children’s love of riddles, and boom! Something Special was born. And as art director […]

How to endear yourself to an art director – pt. 1

I. BEFORE THE ASSIGNMENT: DO take a class, attend workshops or otherwise educate yourself on becoming a professional children’s book illustrator. (Know the difference between, an artist and illustrator.) DO create a portfolio indicating your range and interests. DO include in your portfolio a variety of: ages, expressions, ethnicities, activities, styles (realistic/fantasy, cartoon, human/animal etc.), […]