And it isn't just about me. Many illustrators receive requests to illustrate for authors who plan to self publisher or use a POD publisher for their work. In all fairness to the industry there are guidelines to follow. If you have a great story it should be submitted to a publisher (s). Be prepared for a few or more rejections, but keep trying. Once your work is acquired the editor or publisher will choose the best illustrator for your work. If you are determined to self publish or even create your own publishing company you will bear the cost of printing, hiring an artist and marketing your work.