Today we are expanding on a topic that we have covered in the past. Huzzah! The article went over so well last time, how could I not give you more information to keep afloat in the vast sea of content out there. If I were you I would soak up these first three tips, then immediately come back here for the other half (trust me, those first three are life and time savers). If you are in the publishing world like I am, you know how important it is to hire and work with quality artists. Between the advertising images, cover, back, and spine, there is a lot that needs to be accomplished. Let’s get started:
- Time frame, time frame, time frame. What I mean by that is have a set and reasonable schedule in which the artist will submit due content to you. This needs to be clear as day in the terms by which someone is hired. I actually touched upon this subject in the past when talking about tips for hiring writers. When starting out in this field I made the mistake once of letting a hired artist take his time creating images. I did not know any better and neither did he. Needless to say, we all missed the deadline on that project. Calm down now. I am not saying that all artists are like that. Quite the contrary my friend. That was my fault due to a poor understanding on how the system is supposed to work. This tip provides some protection for yourself and saves some time. Always have a schedule in which things need to be done.
- Be very direct and clear on your vision of what needs to be in the image. In the link I provided at the beginning of this article, tip #2 talks about a great way to accomplish this. Check it out! However, if we are being very honest with ourselves, rarely will an artist read the entire book in order to create the art. Ultimately it is your job to understand the story. It will be difficult for them to fully grasp the tone, images, and characters. Protect yourself and the project. Make sure you get all your “W’s” covered. Who, what, when, where, and why. What color does the evil suit of armor need to be? What is the protagonist wearing? What time of day is it? You think of it, you provide it. The less renditions, the more happy everyone will be (trust me).
- Be honest with your artist about what changes need to be made. It is the artist’s job to make sure that you are provided with the content needed per the agreement made. Always start by telling the artist what you like and appreciate in the images. They are trying their best to keep you happy, really they are. After you do that, nicely explain the changes that need to be made and ideas on how to fix the problem. Patience is crucial both ways here. Nothing happens immediately. Follow the steps talked about in the above paragraph. Be very clear in what you want. But, don’t be a brat! Their interpretation may be different than yours.
So what do you all think? Do you feel there are more tips and tricks that should be added in the next post? Let me know in the comments down below or on my social media.
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