I got the quote back from the graphic designer/illustrator and the fee is out of my budget. I really liked her work and wanted to work with her, but it doesn't make sense for me to spend a lot of money on something that an agent or publisher might have me change once I get signed.
I was disappointed when I saw the quote. The cost for one image was my budget for typeface, illustration, and layout. But after thinking about it, I realized that it's not the end of the world, I just need to adapt. Maybe I will use that graphic designer when I get my advance or maybe on another project. It's okay.
My next option: I continue making the graphics myself. It's going to take me longer because I am not that skilled at using digital tools for art. I usually do my art by hand. I also am not that great of a illustrator. It's a win for me if I can get the book looking at least 85% to my liking before I send it out to agents. I can be a bit of a perfectionist, I don't want to obsess over how the book looks (not yet). I didn't want to get sucked into drawing and illustrating because I figured it would take away from the writing.
I decided to adjust my goal. My goal was to write the entire book in the 100 days, but I am going to shift it to having the writing, typeface, illustrations, layout, and beta reading done for the first two parts of the book. I think that's doable for me. I can play around on Adobe and make my images. If I ended up finishing early, I will move on to the other two parts of the book.
Adapting is important and maybe it was meant to be that I work on the illustrations myself.
Goals for tomorrow
- Creative write for 30 minutes
- Find quotes for 20 minutes
- Write Listed update for 10 minutes