Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Or, you might find the answer here.
Q: How Much Do You Charge?
A: Generally I charge a flat fee per project instead of an hourly rate. Every project is unique and custom-designed to meet your specific needs. Costs will vary depending on several factors such as the complexity of the project, what rights are being purchased, and how the art will be used. Let’s talk! Tell me about your project and I’ll be more than happy to discuss ways I can use my skill and experience to help meet your needs.
Q: Do you accept rush jobs?
A: Yes, if I can fit it into my schedule. If I can’t I will tell you up front and try to recommend another illustrator who may be available. If your deadline requires me to work evenings or weekends there is an additional fee.
Q: Why do I have to pay a deposit up front?
A: My studio policy is to receive a nonrefundable deposit or a PO# from first-time clients before beginning work. I’ll be committing time in my schedule to focus on helping you with your project, which means I may have to turn down other work. Your deposit guarantees that you’ll be getting my full time and attention to make sure you get the best results possible.
Q: How do you pronounce your name?
A: It’s “Sed-Rick Hone-stat”, but I’ll accept anything this side of “Hey, you with the sketchbook!” When I got my first paper route the newspapers were delivered to “Sigfried Hoffenstatic”. If you can do better than that I’m happy.
Q: Will you illustrate my children’s book?
A: Unless you are an established publisher, unfortunately my answer is no. The children’s book market is a tough one to crack and if you are self-publishing it can be very difficult to earn back your initial investment. Illustrating a children’s book is also a very time-intensive project and therefore expensive. Even if you could afford me, I’d feel bad taking your money because frankly I know how low the odds are that your self-published book will be a success. Your best option is to sell your manuscript to a publisher and then allow them to hire the best illustrator for your book. Here’s some good advice on how to get a publisher to notice you, and some more advice to consider.
Q: How can I reach you?
A: If you’re in a hurry the best way to reach me is to give me a call during normal business hours (central time zone). My phone number is 952-412-7686. You can also send me an email (email@example.com) and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I also do a bit of social networking throughout the week. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Still have questions? Drop me a line. I’m happy to talk.