Friday, July 3, 2015

So You Want an Illustrator for your book....

There are a few times a week that I will get an email or phone call about my rates or availability for children's book illustrations.  Sometimes these come from publishers and sometimes they come from those who wish to self publish.

Each time I need to craft a personal reply to the person and each time I find myself answering the same questions over and over but in different ways.  So here are some things that will help those who are planning to hire an illustrator for their book.

1. If you have a finished, edited, and great manuscript, by all means, submit it to a trade book
   publisher. They will pay you in some form, hire and pay the best printers and help you market
   your book.  You do NOT need any illustrations to submit your manuscript unless you are also the

2. To find out who might be the best publisher for your book, get a copy of the Children's Writer's           and Illustrator's Market.  It is published each year and always available on
    This volume lists all interested publishers, their contacts, their terms and what they are looking for.
    It also includes international markets, magazines, contests, agents and wonderful articles from             artists and authors as well as publishers and editors.

3. If you have been through the process and months have gone by with rejections or no responses
    and you feel your work is so good that it must be seen, then you may choose to self publish.
    This is a leap of faith.  You will be choosing your illustrator, paying a fair market price for the
    artwork, paying to have the book  printed, paying for design and book layout, paying for  
    distribution, paying for any marketing and doing your own sales wherever you can find a venue.         Your indie bookstore may or may not, host a signing. You may market your books at the outdoor       market places, or at events that you set up. Some schools have book nights where you can sell
    your books.

4. When you hire an illustrator remember that you are hiring a professional. You need to be
    prepared to pay a fair market price. Depending upon the length of time it will take to illustrate
    your book, the amount of research needed, and any unusual requests you may have you will
    pay a rate that could be several thousand dollars or many thousands of dollars.

5. My illustration costs for self publishers are shared with them after I have seen either the
whole finished and properly edited manuscript or at least a detailed outline of the work.
I ask that so I can determine if my skills will match the content of the work, and if I can do my best work for the client.  Because I can also do the layout, create the PDF for the printer and provide full color cover and interior artwork my rates are based on those factors.

6. A contract is issued with payment dates, artwork dates, copyright restrictions for both the author and the illustrator. Work can take from 3 to 6 or 7 months to complete.
Stages of the work are paid for in sections as the work is completed and approved.

7.) Any artwork that has been finished and approved by the author is final. However, if changes are made after the final approval a fee per                                                      hour for any changes will apply.

8.) Getting a trade book publisher to acquire your book is a long process but will be to your best

9.)  Should you decide to self publish your work contact the illustrator of your choice and together           create a contract that is fair for both parties.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This moHalf Past Winter ~

Half Past Winter, by Ginger Nielson | Book Review

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Tenley Peck | The Children’s Book Review | January 29, 2015
Half Past Winter: Two Curious Cubs Set Out to Find Their First Snow By Ginger NielsonHalf Past Winter
Age Range: 4 - 6
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: Virginia Nielson (2014)
ISBN: 978-0-9913093-0-6
What to expect: Bears and Adventure
Half Past Winter is an adorable tale of two bear cubs and their adventure to find winter’s first snow. They grow impatient in their den when no snow comes and decide to explore until they find snow. Their journey does find snow; however, they end up in the middle of a blizzard and become lost. This heartwarming story follows their adventure back home to their mother and cozy den. Little ones will love to follow the two cubs adventures and will giggle with what they find. The story is simple and succinctly told and is a great read for early readers.
The colorful and animated illustrations are outstanding and allow little ones to read the story through pictures. The illustrations are excellent interpretations of the narrative world and allow children an opportunity to begin to develop cognitive storytelling.
Half Past Winter Illustration
Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ginger Nielson: HALF PAST WINTER
This is an emotive story that draws empathy from the reader—especially when the cubs are lost and then reunited with their mother—making it a great choice to open up discussion on emotions and feelings about others. Half Past Winter is a superlative bedtime book for children ages 4 to 6.
Add this book to your collection: Half Past Winter
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About the Author
Ginger Nielson is a full time author/illustrator who lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest, in semi-rural New England. There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement, and several tiny elephants in her studio.
Half Past Winter, by Ginger Nielson, was reviewed by Tenley Peck. Follow along with our articles tagged with Kids Winter BooksKids Snow Books, or our Seasonal Books Category to discover more great titles just like this one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sometimes the bright sunlight lures you outdoors.  Today is  one of those days, and hopfully I will attack some of the ice that is covering the walkways and the deck.  I need to get to that before the next snowfall. Snow is much easier to remove and deal with than ice... unless it is two feet of snow.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A New Year and more new beginnings.  I have a habit of wanting to do too many things at once. I guess the ideas won't leave me alone. But I am trying to make more lists and prioritize them.  That way the stories I have planned won't get lost somewhere.  The current project, Gunther's Excellent Adventure is underway.  Outside assignments may interrupt the process, but I welcome them. They pay for the paint.

And as I continue I am also studying many videos and images as references for this new project.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It got a bit colder lately and things outside are icy.  With new rain and a warm up for a few hours... we wait to see what's next.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

When the Cat's away.... the mice will play and play and play.
It is hard to believe it has been so long before updating anything on the blog.  I try to keep up, but fortunately the assignments I have can keep me busy for longer than I think.  I wish you all a blessed Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and Happiest times in the New Year to come.

In the spirit of giving and receiving, the forest animals share what they have.