For the next three weeks, I'm going to be a grouch. Why? Because I'm on work overload. By July 1, I must complete:
FARMER. So far, I've completed 11 paintings. I have five remaining.
A test painting for a book to publish with Scholastic. Work on the actual book, though, wouldn't begin until next summer, thankfully. Oftentimes, publishers will request a test piece or a character study from an artist or artists. In most cases, I've found that the art director or editor is already sold on a particular artist, but must sell the artist to his or her colleagues. Several artists might test for a book. Sometimes I've won, sometimes I've lost. Regardless, I'm still compensated for the test piece (well, most times). In this case, the publisher is looking for 'very cute.' They were drawn to me from this image illustrated for Read & Rise Magazine.
Mail out a test illustration to Lee & Low Books. Last week, for a couple of days, I put FARMER aside and completed a cover painting for BILL. But I haven't had time to mail it.
Complete at least one or two new scrapbooking designs for DAISIE. I have no idea how I'm going do this, but, as per a recent email from my licensing agent, I need to find a way. Not that she's making any demands, she's just gently encouraging me, looking out for my bottom line, and hers.
Submit a proposal for presenting a workshop on 'Children's Publishing: Words and Pictures' at the 2008 Black Writers Reunion & Conference in Tampa, Florida. Anyone with tips on how to submit a proposal like this, hit me up, please.
I'd like to, but probably won't have time to:
Mail a picture book manuscript to three different publishers. The manuscript is ready. A character study is complete. But no time to write cover letters or study submissions guidelines.
That all said, my right hand told me that he needs a rest. Last time I didn't listen to him, he stopped working for several months. He wouldn't return to work even with the help of Advil, a neurologist and several other contraptions given me by my physical therapist.