Hmm…I’ve only had brief experience with illustrating children’s books, and even then that was a YA kind of thing. You never specified exactly what aspect of the project scares you. Is it the business end? Are you doing this for a client? Have you established your business terms with them?
You should make sure that you establish with a client what the job at hand entails, what the pay is, and what usage rights are you giving to the client (how will the images be used? That will also dictate the price for your services). The Graphic Artists Guild has a nice boilerplate contract to work from. Also, check the SCBWI links page for more info (hope that helps). Speaking of the GAG, their pricing and ethics book should be your bible.
Is the problem creative? I don’t want to make assumptions, but you’re really young, and maybe your process isn’t really that refined. A book that I recommend for breaking down some sequential basics is “Writing with Pictures” by Uri Shulevitz.
Is the problem confidence? A common sentiment I get from pros is that you’ll never feel ready. And you may never feel good enough. A solution for both problems is to push forward and do what you have to do. The skill and confidence will follow :)
Gee, I feel like that may have been a version of “I dunno, go ask these guys”, but hopefully this is useful.
asked by harkthemysticalmagicalloser