My 9 year old daughter recently won a contest at school for a short story about pumpkins. I would really like to make a book out of it for her for Christmas. I think we will need 6-8 pictures to illustrate the story. Please give me your hourly rate and a bid on what you think it would take--then we can settle on a fixed price. I can send you a copy of the story and we can discuss the pictures you think would be best. Please send me examples of the style you think would be best.
The Little Pumpkin’s Dream
Once upon a time, in a pumpkin patch far far away there lived a little pumpkin. She was not only small, but she was also covered in bumps. Every day the little pumpkin got made fun of. The mean pumpkins usually called her ugly, dumb and small. Sometimes they called her other mean names too, but it was usually ugly dumb and small.
Great Grandpa pumpkin always told her to just ignore them. The mean pumpkins would then roll their eyes and roll away.
Every night, the little pumpkin would stare at the stars and say, “Why am I so ugly? Why can’t I be pretty like the other pumpkins?” One night Great Grandpa pumpkin heard the little pumpkin and replied, “Because you are UNIQUE! You may not be as round or as pretty as the other pumpkins, but you are the ONLY pumpkin that has bumps! That is why you are unique and special.”
The next day, the little pumpkin got made fun of again. “STOP IT!!” Yelled the little pumpkin. “I may not be as pretty and as smooth as you pumpkins, but I am special and unique and that’s how I like it.” The little pumpkin winked at Great Grandpa pumpkin. On the other pumpkins again rolled their eyes and rolled away.
The little pumpkin still did not completely think she was special and unique but at least she stood up fo the mean pumpkins! Later that day, a little girl came to the patch. The mom shouted, “Annabelle how about this one, it is round and super smooth.” “NO,” replied the little girl, “I want a unique pumpkin like . . . .THAT ONE!” The little girl pointed at the little pumpkin.
The little pumpkin thought, “This is too good to be true . . .”, but before she finished her sentence, she was picked up by the little girl and paid for.
The other pumpkins mouths were opened and some were crying.
That night the little pumpkin was painted and was turned into a wonderful Halloween pumpkin. She had so many compliments. “That is the most beautiful and unique pumpkin I have ever seen,” they would say. Some people even took pictures with the little pumpkin.
The little pumpkin was happy and lived happily ever after!