Below are the questions that some of the 12x12ers asked with answers by Sherman.
All of them, but she looks to see which illustrators have the smarts (brains) to see the very best illustrations when they read pure story text. She considers composition to be the most important when looking at an illustrator’s work.
Julie RZHow do they match writers with illustrators? LouiseN How do you (or do you) keep in contact with illustrators you like and might want to use for future projects?
They have many file drawers filled with illustrators and their examples. She says that she can find many illustrators with the style of art they are looking for to illustrate a particular book, but Sherman says she searches and looks for “the illustrators with brains”. The ones that can look at the story and see the very best way in which to illustrate it. So, she is very interested in looking at illustrator blogs to see what illustrators are thinking.
Julie RZHow do they search for illustrators, or do they just wait for submissions? How do they prefer to view the work, what are they expecting as far as online presence?
Sherman can find illustrators at places like conferences, she looks at illustrator blogs, and she likes to receive 1 or 2 illustrations through e-mail or via postcard (one illustration on each side is the maximum). She says send your postcard or email illustrations 3 times a year (no more). Make sure to have your contact information. Include your website/blog.
LouiseN Would you prefer to receive a picture postcard to an email picture?
Either is good, but she likes email pictures best (with contact informaton).
LouiseN Would you prefer a copy of a work or an original postcard made just for you?This question was not asked because from her previous answers I believe she would like illustration copies on postcards best.
Alison KH How many samples do you like to see on a postcard?
One or two at the most. If two, one on each side.
Alison KH Do you want b/w and color?
It depends on the illustrator’s style.