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Children's Book Illustrations

Work with me, an experienced full time illustrator to help bring your next children's story book to life!

Pricing

DESIGN TYPEPRICES
Single Page (Illustration on 1 page, text on the other) $200.00 per page
Double page spread of a book (EITHER 2 x full Single Page illustrations OR 1 x FULL double page Illustration that extends across BOTH Pages$400.00
Front + Back Cover Full Illustration$450.00
Spot Illustrations/ Half Page150.00
Set up book for publishing$60.00 per hour
Licensing to use childrens book images, in other projects. For example: Journals, affirmation cards, other printed collateral for saleAdditional Fees will apply Please enquire at time of quote
General notes about pricing:

Published Rates
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) publishes information on recommended rates of pay for writers and illustrators in Australia. This information helps negotiate and benchmark their work. The recommended price for a full page colour book illustration is $699 ex GST. This takes into consideration the cost of living in Australia, income tax rates etc. In reality, many Australian illustrators charge less than the published rates due to competition from overseas.
 
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What's Included:

Full colour watercolour or digital illustrations to suit the aesthetics and artistic style of your book concept.

  • Revisions in childrens book illustration package:

  • 2 x round of complimentary edits per double page spread

  • Edits over and above this are charged pro rata hourly ($60.00/or capped at an agreed price based on page pricing.

Requests to re create/re design complete, characters or artwork is charged pro rata hourly ($60.00 or capped at an agreed price based on page pricing).  

Book Illustration Process

  • Submit A Design Request

    Explain what you have in mind, by filling out the form below with details of your childrens book illustration request. I will provide an estimate and/or advise you of the best package to help make your design dreams a reality.
  • Payment Method

    Once we have determined the best package or service type for you, I typically invoice my customers in blocks of 2 or 4 pages at a time, instead of 50% of the whole book.

    This is a more convenient method for self published authors so they can pay as they go. Upon payment of pages, a finished, detailed concept will be delivered for each page to you within 6-14 business days.
  • Illustration + Design Concept

    I will typically use digital illustration to illustrate your childrens book design and help bring your vision to life. If requesting traditional watercolours additional fees may apply.
  • Review + Edit Your Design

    You will be entitled to 2 x complimentary rounds of edits per double page spread, so we can adjust element layouts, colours etc. Edits over and above stated package inclusions will be charged pro rata at my hourly fee. 

    Requests for full re creation/re design of artwork will also be charged pro rata hourly ($60.00)
  • Edit Fees Payable

    In cases where you may request edits over and above package inclusions an invoice will be issued for the outstanding balance. You will be notified as we go, when your complimentary edits have been used for each page, and For example:  if you request quite a few things to be re/illustrated  I will charge pro rata per hour with a cap at the per page price. Bank transfer and online payment methods are accepted
  • Let's Support Each Other

    I'd love to help support you on your book publication journey, and share about you and your book and the work we created together. If you're happy too; lets share and tag each other on socials.

About 'One Day' Available Now

ONE DAY is a beautiful story for children and their families who feel worried and anxious throughout the course of their day and lets them know that these feelings are normal and that it will all be okay. It's a book about big emotions, feelings, positive thinking and affirmations throughout a day with beautiful imagery and illustrations. An empowering whimsical picture book that invites us to explore and embrace our emotions.
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Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart

Hard Cover & Paperback

 
Buy Now

One Day is a heartwarming children's book written by Erin Hendricks and beautifully illustrated by Stacey Bigg. The book follows people of all ages as they experience every day activities that can cause anxiety, and other big emotions. Throughout the book the characters are reminded that it is normal to have these feelings and that it will be okay.

Through vivid and colorful illustrations, the book takes the reader on a journey of discovery, as they navigate these big feelings and it helps them to understand they are not alone. Others share these big feelings too.

The story is told through simple, yet powerful language that is easy for children to understand and relate to and covers the feelings we have in every day activities from visiting the doctor, to patting a dog in the park, things that may not be as easy as some as it is for others.

'One Day' is a wonderful reminder of the importance of slowing down and it encourages children and people of all ages, to be kind to themselves and believe in themself.

Overall, One Day is a delightful children's book that is perfect for parents and caregivers to read with their little ones. With its beautiful illustrations and heartfelt message, it is sure to become a favorite bedtime story for families everywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Medium Do You Use?

I typically illustrate childrens book's using Ipad Procreate App to create digital illustrations with gorgeous textures. For traditional methods using watercolour and or pencil additional fees may apply as this process takes a longer time frame to complete due to cleaning artwork and readying for print.

How Long Does It Take To Complete A Project

I will usually provide you with an estimate at the time of a quotation however childrens books can take between 2-4 months to finalize including client edits so it's great to start planning ahead if you have a project ready.
Typically I can illustrate 2-4 pages in a 1 week cycle prior to providing to you for edits. 

My Business is Based Outside Australia. Can We Still Work Together?

Yes! Absolutely! Many of my clients are from different parts of the world. We can communicate via email and schedule Zoom chats where needed/applicable. Artwork and files are sent by WeTransfer which is a free and secure platform you and I are able to use.

Do You Request Royalties or Upfront Fees?

For self publishing authors there are many different ways an author and illustrator can work together. I am happy to discuss your preference and to see what feels right.
Some options we can both consider are
1) Upfront fees (no royalties- typically fees may be higher in this instance)
2) Smaller Up front fees + Royalties (royalties are only paid once smaller up front fees are recouped by author).

Where Can I Publish My Book

If you are working with a publishing house it is best to check with them directly before hiring an illustrator, as often a publishing house likes to nominate an inhouse illustrator for the project.

BUT for self publishing authors, there are some great print on demand companies like Ingram Spark, Amazon KDP, Create Space and Lulu, that allow you to print copies as you need them instead of having large upfront costs and ordering MOQ's.

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has some very helpful information regarding all things publishing and may be worth a read.

Can You Help Get My Book Ready To Print

I have had experience setting up self published books to be printed with Amazon KDP and and Ingram Spark and use InDesign Adobe to set up documents for print. 
This service is charged pro rata hourly at $60.00
A project price may be quoted at my discretion.
Email stacey@kalaiicreations.com to discuss your requirements.

Questions About Book Illustration?