Nashville Illustrator and Artist Kathryn Gogliotti

Are you self-publishing a book?

If you have written a children’s book (or are working on writing one) and plan to submit to publishing houses then you don’t need an illustrator.  Why?  The publisher hires the illustrator.  If your manuscript gets purchased, the publisher will work with you to polish your story (revise, revise, and revise again!) then THE PUBLISHER chooses the illustrator they feel will best help sell your book.  Authors typically have no control over the artwork.  On the plus side, the publisher pays the illustrator!

That is how traditional publishing works.  To learn more, I recommend becoming a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  There you will find answers to all your questions.

If you are considering self-publishing then you WILL be in charge of paying the illustrator.  (Note: As a self-publisher, you will also be responsible for hiring an editor, finding a printer, marketing and selling your book.) If this is the right path for you and your project, Congratulations on your journey ahead!  Now for the burning question, “How much do I charge?”  While I cannot quote jobs without seeing specifics, such as how many and how complex the illustrations would be, I can say that it is more than a hundred bucks.

If you’re still interested in working together let’s chat.  Go to my contact page to drop me a message or give me a ring. I’d love to learn more about your project.


Sketch for one of the SCBWI Draw This challenges.

Gift Book Cover

All grown up, leaving home and venturing out into the world…