4 Creative Ways to Find an Illustrator
As a children’s author of several picture books, one of the most common questions I get is how to find an illustrator. Over the course of my publishing career I have found several creative and affordable ways to find an illustrator.
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I found the illustrator for my first book, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time, through Craigslist. I posted several ads on Craigslist under the gig section (if you post it under the job section, there is a fee associated with the ad in most cities) detailing what I was looking for. To my amazement, several hundred applied. After asking for work samples, discussing fees, and timelines, I picked an illustrator that met my needs in California.
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For my second book, My Journey with Jesus Christ, I turned to Linkedin. Linkedin has several groups dedicated to author and illustrators. For this book, I only needed a cover design because I realized the stock cover from Createspace was one of the reasons the book was not selling. Unlike my first book, I did not post an ad. Instead, I was impressed by someone’s book cover and asked for a recommendation. Since changing the cover for this book, sales have increased by over 300%.
My third book, Why I Give – An Activity Book, I turned to my family. One of my nieces loves to draw. However, I was not aware of how talented she was until she began to post her drawings on facebook. I decided to talk to her about this book, and after getting permission from her mom (she is only 13) she agreed to illustrate it. I could not be happier with the results.
The illustrator for my latest book, What is Love, was found via Fiverr. In case you don’t know what Fiverr is; it is a unique site where people offer different services, including illustrations for five dollars. However, the catch to this site is that most illustrators charge per illustration and charge more for extras like coloring or the right to the image. Evenwith all the extras I was charged on Fiverr, the illustrations were still a great deal.
Other places you may want to look for illustrators are:
Sites that specialize in providing a directory of illustrators
• The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offers online portfolios of hundreds of illustrators with a wide variety of styles. (It is a membership site with a $60 fee.)
That is all for now, please continue to pray for me as I pray for you,
You can learn more about me by visiting www.booksbycorine.com