As 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.
That said… allow me to introduce myself. I am Hollis Pettway, Junior… but please… just call me Rick. I am often asked how my mother came up with a nickname like Rick. Nicknames, after all are usually a short version of one’s given name; You know… like Nicolas and Nick, Deborah and Deb or Bartholomew and Bart. In my case, Mom dubbed me Rick at birth as an alternative to my Dad’s insistance on the Junior designation. As it turns out this was traditional with many dads in my childhood neighborhood. Nothing exasperated Mom more than when supper time rolled around each day and all of the playing kids had to be summoned to the supper table. All you could hear was Junior! Junior! Junior! bellowed from porches throughout our tree laden little neighborhood. Mom resolved early on “I will not join that chorus, I will just call him Rick.