For my first blog post, I decided to address the question that I get asked most often at book signings and story times, “Did you do your own illustrations?” Sadly, the answer is “No, I didn’t do the illustrations for my books.” I’m not that talented. However, there are many talented illustrators who are available and easily accessible on the internet.
I did a lot of research when I was working on my first book, Bountiful Butterflies. I asked talented and artistic friends, inquired at art schools and colleges, friends of friends, Etsy, etc. then one day I came upon a website, http://www.mikemotz.com and I knew I had found my illustrator. Mike is not only a gifted artist himself, he has many other talented people who work with him. Their portfolios are available to browse on the website and you can choose the style that best fits with your story and personality. I chose an illustrator who had the same whimsical, colorful style that I had in mind for my book. We exchanged ideas and information in emails through Mike. The whole process was basically seamless, and wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. I was so pleased with the way the first book looked that I used the same illustrator for my second book, Phoebe and the Upside Down b.
Mike also offers publishing services if you need them through CreateSpace. I took advantage of this service for both of my books because I am not the most computer savvy person and I wanted my books to look professional. Although if you’re comfortable navigating CreateSpace or other distribution sites such as Ingram Spark, then you can do the formatting yourself.
So if you’re thinking about publishing a book, but don’t know any qualified or professional illustrators, check out Mike’s website and see what you think. 🙂