I’ve written a 32-page children’s book and I’m looking for an illustrator to work with and bring it to market. The story is about a young football named Freddie who wants to play hockey. He’s rejected by the forest critters and farm animals, because “footballs can’t play hockey”. The story is about bold determination and resilience in the face of rejection, etcetera, etcetera, and all that good stuff.
The project also comes with an ambitious marketing plan, which is mostly short animation for YouTube. Starting, I’d like to have a weekly YouTube presence with some sort of short animation with one or more of the characters. The ideas are like: Freddie showing kids how shoot a puck, or talking about how ridiculous Tom Brady’s suspension is because all footballs feel deflated after a big game.
About me: I’m a serious literary fiction writer with two self-published titles under the pseudonym: Jack O’Riley. Right now they are only digital. And I’m working on two more prose fictions (besides the Freddie the Football story and saga). I’ve also started an LLC called: Greenhorn Publishing. Which will be a digital first literary publishing house, specializing in comic heroism and the short story, and also children’s literature. So if you’re interested in looking my work up to see my skill and seriousness go ahead and download the samples from Amazon. Brothers In Arms by Jack O’Riley, & Suicide Lettres by Jack O’Riley. As of right now the company only consists my two titles, and this is my first push into legitimacy. As far as the publishing industry and it future I believe it's going to small niche publishing house like the one I envision, focussing on comic heroism.
This is an ambitious project. I don’t really know what I’m looking for as far as an illustrator/animator, or if I’m even looking for just one. But I am looking for a long term relationship and collaboration, and I’m assuming I’m looking for someone who eventually wants to make a full-time living illustrating and creating content. Because I want to make a full-time living writing and creating content. As far as payment I don’t even know what to offer or what's fair at this point.
I have a copy of the story attached, which has already been registered with the WGA, West.
I’m starters I'm looking to see an illustration of Freddie the Football, Freddie in action playing hockey, and a few other neighborhood critters, such as squirrels and chipmunks, dog, and raccoon. Eventually, as the narrative progresses Freddie will have to play against Grizzly Bears and Wolverines and Gorillas, but just barnyard animals and forest critters for now. Also, a baseball who can't find his glove and a tether ball who doesn't understand he's tethered.
Any other information about you, your enthusiasm, professionalism, and interest or history with sports or athletics, which I think will probably be helpful. And if you have any questions for me please ask.
Note: The draft I attached is the 6th rewrite. I'm not really sure about the proper format of a children's book so I just wrote the words which will appear on each page. After giving it a quick rereading before I attached I can see that some of the sentences can probably be rewritten and edited once there are illustrations to match. I can see that some of the sentences may become redundant.
2nd note: This is also the third draft of this proposal. I've never actually brought a children's book to market nor have I done any animation. So this will be a learning process for me.
3rd note: There will probably be voiceover work needed.
4th note: Any questions don't feel hesitant to ask.