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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.

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.

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