Other sources of advice

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Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the Madness of the Creative Industries

In his new book Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the madness of the creative industries, illustrator and art director Ben Tallon offers some wise advice for students, graduates, and creatives interested in freelancing. Below are a series of extracts from the book, offering some helpful tips on charging for work, choosing an agent, building your network and finding your style.

 

Children’s Writer’s & Artists Yearbook
This is a great book, which gets updated each year. It’s full of really useful advice about the children’s publishing industry, as well as names and addresses of publishing houses. It is usually available from W.H.Smith’s

 

Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market

Similar to the book above, but for the US market. It’s full of really useful advice about the children’s publishing industry, as well as names and addresses of publishing houses.

 

AOI – The Association of Illustrators

This is an organisation based in London that offers all sorts of advice to illustrators. I think it’s particularly useful if you are just starting out as a freelance illustrator or are a student. You would need to pay to become a member.

 

SOA – The Society of Authors

You need to be published to be a member (see their criteria on their website) and there is a membership fee, but this is a great organisation. They offer all sorts of advice to their members as well as hosting events and conferences.

 

SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is the only international organisation to support both published and unpublished writers and illustrators of children’s books. They have a great website with all sorts of events and support. There is an annual membership fee.

 

Business Link

I have personally found Business Link, which is a nation-wide organisation, really helpful. They deal with all sorts of businesses including sole traders, which is what most illustrators are in business terms. Through them, I have got a lot of advice on bookkeeping, marketing, on-line selling etc. They have helped me to be much more business like and to learn how to make a living from what I do. They are now much reduced in size since the recession, but still provide telephone support.

 

PLR – Public Lending Right

Public Lending Right makes annual payments to writers and other creators whose works are freely available in libraries.

 

DACS – The Design and Artists Copyright Society

DACS help artists and visual creators receive recognition and reward for their work.

 

ALCS – Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society

The ALCS is the British collecting society for all writers.