Nautilus Trap

Nautilus Trap by Meg Lyman

Ink on notecard


First, I updated my website with the three meager paintings I did in January. Go look! If you want to be on my mailing list and get notified when I update the site, send me a note.

Something fairly exciting happened this week. I got a call from someone writing a childrens’ book who said she and her partner saw my website and were interested in having me illustrate the book.

Cool, I thought. Let’s see what they have to say. They took me out to lunch and pitched their book to me. It seems like an awesome book, and is nearly finished. Their next step is getting art and a publisher. I’m on track to do some character design for them, and potentially illustrate the whole book.


The coolest thing about it (besides the characters being right down my alley) is that they found me in a fairly obscure local newspaper. The awesome artist who organized our participation in the boat show had us write blurbs about ourselves and got them into the local paper. Lesson: do as much as you can, even shows that may not mean a lot of sales, for the exposure. Never let an opportunity pass you by!

9 thoughts on “Opportunities”

  1. Way to go Meg!! It really does go to show that you never know when an opportunity will present itself, doesn’t it?

  2. Thanks, Rita!

    Casey, they haven’t worked together before, but one of them has self-published a few children’s books. I forgive them their lack of experience in that area, and they forgive mine. I figured as long as they’re willing to sign a contract and pay up front, it wouldn’t be risky to give them a chance! What do you think?

  3. That turned out really nice.

    What a coincidence, I was going to possible get a children’s book job but me and a bunch of other artists bids were rejected all because the book author could not make up her mind of bidding price range. Would have been an awesome job.

    Oh well the person probably wouldn’t have been nice to work with any how if she treats the illustrators like they’re not worth diddaly squat.

  4. Thanks, people!

    Tigress, that’s unfortunate. I know there is always a lot of uncertainty in deals like these, and many people don’t know how to run their businesses that well. I’m hoping for a good outcome, though!

    Lisa, thanks – I love playing with toned paper. :D

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