Thank you for this opportunity, Chris.
I am a children’s book illustrator. I live and breathe children’s books. I play well with others, so I help children’s book authors develop their characters visually and bring the stories for their books alive on the printed page with colorful illustrations.
I am very rare among children’s book illustrators because I actually love to work directly with self-publishing authors as well as publishers. Why am I willing to work with self-publishing authors when others are not? Occasionally I find an author who values my time, talent and expertise.
When I read their manuscript I can tell it has been carefully edited for content and as well as grammar. They belong to an experienced SCBWI critique group or they have used a professional children’s book editor. They have taken the time to learn about writing for children and their manuscript clearly shows it. The language and word count are perfect for the age group for which they are writing. I think children’s book authors are some of the most talented and clever people on earth. I enjoy getting to know them during the months we work together on their book.
After working for over 30 years in advertising as a graphic designer, art director and vice president, I have truly found my niche in life. I have been illustrating children’s books for nine years. I am working on my ninth children’s book for other authors. I have written four books of my own which I have also illustrated, but haven’t found the right literary agent to promote my work so they are not yet published.
Most children’s books take about six months to illustrate. The shortest a book has taken to illustrate is four and one-half months, the longest over three years.
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Below are some of the books I have illustrated: