Q: TeMika, I love your work and I have a
great story.How can I commission you to
illustrate my book?
A: I love a great story!I also really enjoy helping people bring
their personal projects to life (especially if I like the story and the
intent). Below is what I have done in the past with my self-published authors.
CONTACT ME – Please review this FAQ sheet and
become familiar with my style of art. Contact me by email or phone if you would
like to send me your manuscript for review.
CONVERSATION – I like to talk with my authors to
find out their project goals. I will ask you to tell me about your book to
learn your vision for the book. We will have a nice little conversation.I will give you a general idea of what I can
do based on my current schedule.
MY TOOLS – As you can see from my work, I
really enjoy old fashioned paint, pencil and color that you can stick your
fingers in!I do also use the computer
(Wacom tablet, Photoshop and other digital art software) to manipulate, edit
and finish my work.
AGREEMENT & ESTIMATE – I will provide you
with a commission agreement based on our past conversation.You will be given an estimated price and
schedule to deliver of work. Small projects (say cover art or minor
illustrations) can be completed relatively quickly and will require a 50%
deposit.Larger project (full book
illustration) will require a 1/3 deposit to begin sketches (thumbnails
included).The second payment will be
due halfway through and final payment will be due upon completion.
THE SERVICE – I will create the
illustrations and book design service including the preparation of
high-resolution PDF book interior and cover files based on the publishing
service chosen. I will create a PDF compilation of the book to submit for
COST – Based on the service described above
for a complete illustrations and book design for a children’s book, you can
expect a range of $2000 - $8000. The price depends on the manuscript that you
submit, the number of pages, complexity of illustrations and book dimensions.
Small illustrations$50 each (min.) One-page color illustration $100 - $200 Two-page spread$250
- $350 Book
Design without my Illustrations$25/page (Varies / project) NovelsVaries per project
At this time, I do not ask for a
royalty on book sales from self-published authors.My fee is a one-time expense for the
COPYRIGHT – You will retain copyright of the
manuscript you create. As a one-time fee commission, the artist retains the
rights to the images which allows me to exhibit them in my portfolio and for
promotional purposes. You are allowed to reproduce the images as you require
for marketing and promotion of the book without royalty fees.However, the artist must be clearly
identified as the illustrator on the cover or copyright page. If you intend to use the artwork for another purpose outside of the commission agreement, then a separate agreement must be negotiated and additional fees may apply.
PUBLISHING – The author is
responsible to researching and choosing the Print-On-Demand service of their
choice.You will retain control of the
publishing process after I have completed my commission.In the past I have used Blurb and
CreateSpace.Please take the time to research
your desired publisher based on your needs and budget. Have an idea of the book
specifications to discuss with me.Doing
your homework upfront will help you avoid lost time and the expense to redo a
book does not meet the requirements.
EDITING – It is the author’s responsibility to
edit the manuscript.I will make minor
edits as needed, but I will not review and edit manuscripts that are unfinished
or in their early stages of development.
COMMUNICATIONS – In today’s digital
world, we can do many things online.I
often use email and online file sharing sites to communicate and transfer files
for review. You will have the opportunity to review the book in all phases of
development, as well as, the final product before submission. Although we will
communicate digitally, talking on the phone is beneficial to all parties so
please contact me with any concerns.I always
touch base with my clients throughout the process.
PAYMENTS - I accept payment (U.S. Dollars) via
PAYPAL through my website.