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About kjwdaw

Artist/Illustrator and Strasser Hoofcare Professional

PB Contract question


lamb and lion study color

Hi guys,

I am coming into my first picture book contract and I have some questions I am hoping you can help me with. They are requesting 16 spreads, 9 spots and a cover for a below standard fee on a fairly short time frame. They are offering a flat fee (vs. a royalty advance) and THEY retain the rights, offering expense of the book, high cost of the author, etc, etc as an excuse. I am willing to accept the $$ being a newbie, but should I push back on the rights? I mean, what if the characters are wildly popular and someone wants to license them (not likely, but we can dream can’t we?)


Kim Wilson

(sorry, don’t know why the text is displaying so weird!)

and look! I’ll try adding a poll for fun. Don’t let this put you off from just answering though. More info is better!



Mo Willems in St Louis


Thought you guys might like to see this!

St. Louis County Library and MICDS present Children’s Book Writer Mo Willems

Thu, 03/08/2012 (All day)


The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series is pleased to present three-time Caldecott Award-winning children’s book writer Mo Willems for a reading and discussion of his new picture book “The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?”

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2 in the Danforth Chapel at MICDS (Mary Institute and Country Day School – 101 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63124).

Free tickets are required and available at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131) and Daniel Boone locations (300 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011). Limit four tickets per person.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event from Left Bank Books.

#1 “New York Times” bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on “Sesame Street,” where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children’s literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” and “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”). In addition, his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 for “There Is a Bird on Your Head!”

In his newest picture book, Willems returns to the delightful characters in his most popular books, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” When Duckling gets a cookie, Pigeon is not happy and, of course, lets everyone know!

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit


For discussion: imageing cartoon vs. realistic stylaization for kids?


I have a question. I went to school and have bee a practicing graphic, theatrical and environmental designer for over 25 years. My question is about style. As a designer in the fields I have been working in – we work to not have a style.  If I could identify a style that I follow – it is fairly realistic in rendering.  My question is: is there a preference for the cartoon type styling in children’s imaging due to a “thou shalt draw stylized characters” or is it a work-flow thing.  (stylization is easier if the shapes are simplified – the illustrator may work faster)

I ask this because I am building my portfolio and I can populate the pages any number of ways. I have heard people say – draw what you like – gravitate towards what you always gravitate towards.  I gravitate towards a more realistic style – should I strive for something else?  If you want – check out a couple of my images on my fledgling website at:




Kim Wilson

Dummy book Contest


Hey, why don’t we just pick something and do it for ourselves?  Set a date, a project and then if and when we get a prof critter, we’ll have something to show and if not we can share among ourselves.

How about a Dummy book using Clapping games like Miss Mary Mack? or Ooh-lay, Ooh-lay? or Tiny Tim?

And shoot for the end of June?


Kim Wilson

Whoo hoo! I’m in! (to the blog that is)


Yay!  I’m finally here!  Thanks to the Kate’s for all their help.  I can’t wait to dig into all the stuff I’ve missed so far.

Here’s one of my illustrations I intend to use in my first PB. Writer and Illustrator.  I’m struggling with the copy!  Heh, I’m used to 400 page fantasy novels.

I would love to hear any comments!  See you guys later.


Perry with the Frogs