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  • Just want to point out that for 2. “Ask for samples and sketches” — doing this without paying the artist is exploitative and unethical. This is a huge problem among the art community where artists undervalue their work and do things for free for the possibility of being paid. An artists’ portfolio should give you enough information to decide whether you want to hire them. If you want to hire them for a smaller project to see how their style works with their vision, that makes total sense! Just wanted to comment this so others inexperienced with hiring illustrators don’t try to exploit artists for free work. (Not trying to accuse you of doing this. Your post was just unclear and I could see somebody misunderstanding the advice.)

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      Stacey, thanks so much for posting this. I absolutely wasn’t suggesting that a writer should ask an artist to start providing free illustrations. The kind of thing I had in mind (and which I did for my recent book) would be to get some ideas of how my writing might be illustrated by a particular artist.
      So Marianna first sent me work from her portfolio and then did a few sketches of how she would illustrate a dragon as did a couple of other artists.
      It gave me an idea of which interpretation would work best with the story.
      I hope that clarifies my meaning. I’ll add a comment to the blog now accordingly.
      Since this was the first time I’ve used an illustrator, I’m still learning too and your comment here is really helpful for me as well as other authors, so thank you again.

  • Millie wright

    Thanks for putting my picture as the front cover!

  • Susan Henderson

    Beautiful keepsake I cannot thank Cate and her mum enough
    The fact that proceeds are donates to charity shows how special they are .

  • Jill

    Love it. Just write Simples ❤❤

  • Jen

    I’ve always thought that overarching that upward curve of experiment, decision and integration (which is a bit like snakes and ladders, alternately sliding down amd climbing back up) there is an ongoing assessment and re asseasmemt process going on. Perhaps we should create a new model? 😉

    • I agree Jen. Of course, Kubler-Ross developed the curve based on a very specific set of circumstances (handling grief) and the fact that it applies in all aspects of change is an incidental.
      I’m not sure it applies to a case of “to hell with this life as a wage slave – I’m off!!” in quite the same way.
      I wonder if the change curve can be merged with the “spiralling up or spiralling down” concept for Abraham-Hicks emotional guidance scale?

  • Amanda Youngs

    Absolutely riveting! Thanks, Cate. I find this process fascinating and it’s clearly a LOT of work!

  • Jane Kelly

    What a good idea. I think my blog would be pretty boring. Tell us more about the reason you went to London.

    • I think you’d surprise yourself Jane.
      Check out Sarah Arrow – she runs the 30 day blogging challenge I am on. It would be fun if you did it too.
      As for the trip to London? We’ll I might just use that in a future blog so I’m keeping Mum for now ?

  • I always think if I could do anything and knew I wouldn’t fail I would write too. I have just completed the 30 day blogging challenge and am planning writing my second book this year, and am now starting to feel like I might just be good at this, and I can keep getting better if I just keep writing.

    And the answer to ‘what’s stopping me’….my fearful imagination of what people might think – but the worst part of that is that the voices I imagine are the voices of people I don’t like, or at best, are my friends and not the people I am writing my blog posts for! Daft isn’t it?

    • There is a brilliant quote from Dr Suess which I love….
      “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mi d don’t matter.”
      Hold on to that idea Esther

    • There is a brilliant quote from Dr Suess which I love….
      “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”
      Hold on to that idea Esther

  • I think most people have got a blog in them that would be interesting to someone Jane! It won’t be for everyone, but we all have our stories and our experiences that we can share!

    Great start to the challenge…. I look forward to seeing what you come up with over the 30 days

  • Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always useful to read through articles from other authors and use something from other websites. |