Client: I’m looking for a children’s book illustrator. My requirements are 100% non-negotiable:
- MUST BE “local” to zip code 19968… as you would need to meet with our author.
MUST BE over 40 years old, as we only publish older writers and artists.
PAYMENT is profit share of the sales, just like a large publisher. No advance or work for hire because we are a small press. No fees ever.
The book is a children’s book retelling local history through a conversation between a turtle and a local.
Me: It seems to me that you are limiting your options here.
- You can solve the meeting face to face by using Facetime, Google, or other online video conferencing. As a professional illustrator, I don’t know that I would stay in Sussex County Delaware to try and make a go of it.
- Again, if you are looking for an over 40-year-old in the zip code you are limiting the illustrator to, you are going to limit your talent pool. I’m not saying that Sussex County of approximately 10k residents isn’t full of incredible talent but you are setting some crazy limits.
- Payment isn’t payment at all. You are asking a professional to STOP what they are doing and work 6 – 8 hours a day on anywhere from a 10 to 24 page spread with change orders and IN PERSON conferences with the author for no guarantee of payment. The book could possibly crash and burn and that illustrator would receive a share of …..nothing.
You aren’t hiring you are asking for a volunteer or unpaid intern. You would likely get a response from illustrators “working to build their portfolio” but I doubt that person would be over 40. Good luck.