I am currently working on a book called ‘Can I tell you about self-harm’ which will form part of Jessica Kingsley Pusblishers’ ‘Can I tell you about’ series – the series includes a whole range of titles that are written in child friendly language and act as guides for friends, families and professionals.
To provide starting points for conversation and to bring the books alive for younger readers, each book in the series is illustrated. And I’m looking for the right person to illustrate ‘Can I tell you about self-harm?’ It won’t be an opportunity that will bring great fame or riches, but it will be a chance to help create a book that makes a difference to young people, their families and the people who work with them.
What I’m looking for:
Ideally I’d like to find somebody who:
- Has a personal interest in self-harm / mental health
- Is early in their career and building their portfolio
- Has availability in the next few weeks (June to August 2017)
- Can respond well to briefs but also bring in their own ideas
- Is a good illustrator who works quickly
I will need approximately 15 black and white illustrations to accompany the text and one colour illustration for the cover.
Here are some examples from existing titles that have proven popular
Illustrations by Mike Medaglia for ‘Can I Tell You About Depression’
Illustrations by Jane Telford for ‘Can I Tell You About Aspergers Syndrome’
Illustrations by Robyn Gallow for ‘Can I Tell You About Selective Mutism’
What’s in it for you?
This is not a project that will bring you fame or fortune but I hope that for the right person it will bring:
- A great addition to your CV and portfolio
- A way into working further in the mental health field and/or as an illustrator
- The chance to work on a rewarding project that will make a difference
- The chance to work with Pooky Knighstmith – which could lead to further projects
- 5 free copies of the final book (likely RRP £8.99)
I will fairly compensate you for your time and you will be credited as the illustrator of the book. However, please view this primarily as a portfolio building exercise and an opportunity to do a little good in the world as these types of books do not bring in a lot of revenue – but they do touch a lot of lives.
What to do next
If you would be interested in the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following by May 31st 2017:
- A few sentences about why you are interested in working on the project
- Examples of your existing work (this might come from an unpublished portfolio)
- An example illustration for the book to illustrate the text “It can feel very lonely. I sometimes think nobody understands why I self-harm, not my friends, my family my teachers or even my doctor.” (a rough draft would be fine)
- Information about your availability between now and the end of August
- An estimate of how long you think it would take you to produce 15 illustrations
- A suggested daily rate that you would be happy to work for
- Details of your blog / online portfolio / website if you have one
- A testimonial if you have one (this might be from a job you have done or from e.g. your art teacher)
- Contact details
- Anything else you think I need to know
Experienced illustrators with a burgeoning portfolio and glittering career need not apply unless they have very personal reasons for doing so – I’m imagining this as being a great project for a young person who is finding their way and perhaps has a little spare time after finishing their GCSEs, A Levels or during the university summer break. I want it to help provide a good starting point and stepping stone for someone early in their career and in an absolutely ideal world I’d like to work with someone who, like me, has battled with self-harm themselves and really understands what it feels like as well as having a view on the questions that need asking and answering so that the book can be created collaboratively.
If you, or someone you know might fit the bill, please be in in touch by May 31st. I hope to start work with the right person in June. I will endeavour to respond to all applicants in early June but please bear with me as I’m currently in full time treatment for anorexia, PTSD, anxiety and depression.