Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

January | 2013 | Rick Pettway
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January 8, 2013#

Just call me Rick

ParadisiacalAs  an  Author/ Illustrator  I  often  submit  manuscripts  to  publishers.  The  system  for  this  process  is  straightforward  and  thorough.  Much  can  be  determined  from  one’s  writings.  Illustration  submissions  are  a  little  different,  as  a  keen  eye  can  usually  judge  the  quality  of  a  piece  of  visual  art  as  it  relates  to  their  particular  need.  It’s  a  bit  harder  to  determine  the  quality  of  the  artist,  with  respect  to  reliability,  joint  effort-ability  and  even  ideology.  A  website,  blog  and  membership  with  trusted  networks  like  SCBWI  (Society of Children’s Book  Writers and Illustrators)  can  add  confidence  to  the  illustration  side. Continue Reading

January 3, 2013#

Blacks in the Old West

Buffalo  ScoutLike  so  many  others,  I’ve  enjoyed  TV  and  comic  book  westerns  since  I  can  remember.  I  vividly  remember  my  imaginary  jaunts  into  the  old  west,  roaming  the  plains  and  hunting  down  bad  guys.  Our  backyard  was  the  setting  as  my  brothers  and  I  re-enacted  the  scenes  over  and  over  again,  with  our  trusty  cap  pistols  at  the  ready. Continue Reading