Don’t get stuck in the mud: The importance of out sourcing an illustrator

13 Sep

“Going into business with a friend is a very tricky thing.”  states entrepreneur and author of ‘More to Life Than Shoes’, Nadia Finer.  And, I agree.  Going into business with a friend is not something that I suggest doing.  Going into business with a friend could get stickier than a sticky bun!  Even if the rules are clearly written out!

And, from what I am learning on this long journey of self-publishing is that even if a contract is put in place whether it be written or verbal when things get too personal the contract seems to be forgotten.  When did business relationships get so personal?

So, my advice to you as a self-publishing consultant is this:  if you are an author or a writer who wants to write a book or even someone with a blog who wants illustrations done it may be of your interest to outsource your illustrations.  If you outsource your illustrations it is clear on who owns the copyright.   In other words, pay someone to do the illustrations.  You can use university students, colleagues, professional illustrators, animators and if you’re desperate … a friend.  As long as you pay them for their services and keep it at that.  Illustrators charge different amounts depending on experience.  So, depending on your budget you may want to spend £50 or you may want to spend more.

One thing that I have learned along the way is that nothing surprises me.  I have learned that if there is a whiff of potential success or when money is involved even the sweetest of the sweetest persons could turn into a sassy, sour puss.

Take my advice.  If you want to write a book, pay someone to complete the cover (like I did in my ebook Get a Grip- How to change your life and take back control in 30 days or less) as well as if you are making a picture book.  If you want to complete the book cover on your own and utilise pictures from websites like Shutterstock ensure that they are royalty free.

If you need business advice or want to set up a meeting with a business consultant I would suggest doing that before jumping in a muddy puddle.

Need Business Advice?  Contact Nadia Finer, Business Development
BizMess is a blog about the bumpy side of business. It’s the ultimate source of practical advice, useful tips and insights from people who’ve been there and done that. The premise is that we messed up, so you don’t have to.  Check it out!


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