Monday, December 12, 2005
Nail biting Monday
Decisions. Decisions. I am an illustrator of children’s books. That means I accept children’s book manuscripts to illustrate. So, how come it seems like I’m turning away more manuscripts than I’m taking on? I’m terribly excited about the upcoming book Z. But I was supposed to be knee-deep in book Z by now. I'm not. That's why I have so much time on my hands to blog. I had hoped to have sketches for book Z finished before starting sketches on book R in February. But I haven’t received contracts for either, yet. Today, I receive two more book offers. One offer came from SF and the other from H, both in the educational realm. I don’t frown at taking on educational books because, so far, the only advantage I’ve personally experienced between trade vs educational is the glamor factor. It’s kinda glamorous to say you have a bookstore trade book that just released. A book that is recognized by review journals, and awards committees are preferred by some. But, I’m finding that educational books pays just as well — better in some cases (in this case). Educational books don’t pay royalties, but raise your hand if you are a children’s book illustrator and you’ve actually received a royalty. What to do — what to do. I don’t want to back away from either of the projects I’ve already agreed to do, but I don’t want to wait around and possibly lose all of ‘em either. That happens sometimes.