I am about to publish book 1 of A Throne of Souls (A Kingdom Forgotten) on iBooks, Kindle, and Smashwords; print will be available on amazon.com as well. This should be available 9/30/16, and could have been published a month ago if not for delays in artwork. I intend to give the artist 100 days to complete the artwork, illustrations, cartography, and iconography for book 2 in the series, and not a single calendar day longer. The contract will be deliverable-based: Meaning, I expect deliverable 1 to get done in 18 calendar days for x amount. For every calendar day it's late, it's discounted x-y dollars as a percentage off. I need quality work done in a timely manner, and most of all I need someone that is absolutely dependable and reachable. Someone with a strong work-ethic that draws original content rather than copy/paste stuff from the Internet into Photoshop and giving me a collage as a deliverable. I will provide plenty of runway for each deliverable in the contract so that the artist has a more than fair opportunity to get said deliverable done on time and at full price.
I need at least all of the following in that 100 calendar day contract described above:
--Cover Art. See attachment with posting. I'm going to expect better work than the cover for A Kingdom Forgotten. Much better actually.
--full color and grayscale, maps with extremely accurate count of mountains and landmarks, including texturing and a water's edge that has a "glass effect" in Photoshop where the crust meets the water.
--between 4 and 6 icons; typically used on maps and at Chapter headers.
--2 cityscape grayscale images
--2 full-length (meaning head-to-toe) grayscale illustrations of specific characters (one character per illustration)
--eliptical paraboloid illustration of the multi-verse - think M-Theory here.
I think from my posting you can tell, I have extreme attention to detail, and I'm going to be super specific on steroids about what I want and how I want it done. I don't deal in vagaries.
Now, this is roughly half the amount of artwork that was supposed to be in book 1, and I'm putting twice as much runway (as far as calendar days allotted) to get it done. And, I'm paying twice the amount that I put in my first contract so $2,000.00 USD, but for that kind of money I'm going to expect extremely high-quality work and I'm going to expect it in a timely manner. I'm not missing another publication date due to artwork.
I would prefer someone that has experience in SciFi, Fantasy, and Military Fiction, or at least someone that can adapt to illustrating those genres if I give them plenty of visual examples saying that I like "this element" from "this filename," etc. Work will be uploaded to a shared drive that you'll have access to and will be uploaded in the original format (Photoshop extension files instead of PNG, GIFF, or JPG as an example). I will own all intellectual property of every single artifact and element created under this contract, and this is non-negotiable.
I will provide an artwork by line in addition to the payment terms of the contract. I will also provide financial incentives for the artist to get done under a certain amount of penalty days. For example, if the contract is 100 days in length and there are less than 10 penalty days assessed for late deliverables, I'll provide a financial incentive. That can be negotiated at time of contract development.
A little more about the book and the series... Here is the blurb I've done for A Throne of Souls: "In the wake of the banned, and now infamous, Damon's Damnation spell, one immeasurably powerful outlaw mage tests the boundaries of corruption undone, of fate, and of a justice purpose-built for him. In his obsession to gain enough power to test these boundaries, he tests the boundaries of Creation itself, affecting the seeds of Humanity throughout the known Universe. The accumulation all this power begins and ends with two pivotal relationships, and with his evolving understanding of his own soul. This is the story of his execution of his Master Plan to thwart the very fate he brought into existence with the making of A Throne of Souls."