This request has closed – an illustrator has been appointed.
One of the nice things about being in the publishing business is that I can pick and choose what special projects I want to be involved with. This is such a case.
A very good friend of mine, and an excellent author, has written a short children’s piece. It is about 5000 words long and takes the reader through a futuristic, phantasmagoria of a journey. It was conceived to be heavily reliant on excellent artwork – and a fair amount of it.
This isn’t the type of work that should commission an artist – it is as reliant on the imagination and skills of the illustrator as it is with the writer – and I have advised my friend that what he needs is an artist who works in colour to collaborate with him. 50/50 royalties, in actual terms.
If you are an artist and want to work on a part-time project, to collaborate with my friend on this book, please contact me. Leave your email via a comment on this blog entry, and I will make contact with you. I can look at your credentials (sample art etc), and if you look like you are well matched with my friend, then I can get you to look at my friend’s story. The next step would then be for you to get in contact with the writer and see if you are happy to work together. I know that my friend is happy to allow a lot of your creativity to influence the work – again, a collaboration.
I am a publisher, and my friend has committed to turn to my company first when the work is nearing completion. I am also happy to provide some detached, publishing comments on the journey this collaboration will follow. All goodness, I believe. I believe this effort will take months – at least six.
Just to reiterate what I inferred above. This is the creative phase and is not a commission. My friend did this work for free, investing in the possibility of publication. The artist will need to follow the same path. However, if the product turns out as exciting as I think it will, the artist will have equal share of royalty returns.
Please! If you think you can do this, leave your details!!!