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15 Steps to Freelance Illustration

The critically-acclaimed guide to starting or revamping your Illustration business.
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“You’ve successfully outlined all the steps to starting an Illustration business.  It’s already got me thinking about how to revamp my own business.”

- Dani Jones, Illustrator and founder of the Artcast Network -
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Want to start your own Illustration business?

Not sure where to begin?

You’re in luck!

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is a Step-by-Step guide and Workbook written specifically to give you the best chance of getting started on the right foot.  Thousands of your fellow artists have already benefitted from this book, and many Illustration professors have made it required reading for their students, because it tells you exactly what you need to do to be a successful professional Illustrator. Whether you’re just starting out or have struggled to launch your business with unsatisfactory results, this proven resource can help you to build a strong foundation for your freelance Illustration career, guaranteed!

 Rave reviews from Illustrators, Educators, Art Directors, and Artist Representatives:

“I think your e-Book is another great tool you are providing the artist who is interested in Illustration.  You are giving the budding Illustrator all the information he or she needs to become a professional.  It’s a tough business right now, and people need all the help they can get in the way of information.”

- Anthony Freda – Illustrator, Lecturer, and Graduate Mentor

“I am going to require it for my Illustration students at FIT this fall. Having the process broken down, like your book, is a great step to really embracing it all.”

- Melanie Reim – Chair, MFA in Illustration, FIT

“15 Steps to Freelance Illustration provides the check list needed as you tiptoe your way to entrepreneurial success. This book is a self-educational tool that will earn you a future.”

- Scott Hull – Artist Representative

Simply choose either the eBook or Audiobook to get started building your own freelance Illustration business right now!

Better yet, because it’s a downloadable zip file, there’s no delivery charge and you’ll be able to download it immediately for only $19.95 USD!

What’s Inside

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is a downloadable zip file containing a 133-page eBook and Workbook that walk you through the essential steps of starting your freelance Illustration business, such as:

  • Setting reachable goals
  • Creating an efficient workspace
  • Managing your time and money
  • Deciding how much to charge
  • Defining your brand
  • Using social networking strategies
  • Building a website and blog
  • Assembling an effective portfolio
  • Building a targeted contact list
  • and more!

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Special Bonuses

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration also comes with these added bonus items:

  • A supplemental Workbook that allows the artist to personalize the steps to fit their own unique business
  • Select list of 85 essential resource links for Illustrators
  • 6 hand-picked bonus articles to assist beginning artists
  • Quotes from over 40 Illustrators answering the question “What do you wish you knew when you first started out?”
  • Sample Contract

Now Available as an Audiobook!

By popular demand, ‘15 Steps‘ is now available as a 1-hour Audiobook! Of course, you’ll still get all the same bonus items that are included with the eBook, but you’ll be able to listen and learn while working in your studio.

About the Author

Thomas James is an Illustrator and Editor/Creative Director of Illustration Age, the ultimate source for what’s happening in the illustration industry. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and HOW Magazine.

As a board member for the ICON Illustration Conference and an advisor to the Graphic Artists Guild NY Portfolio Show, he is most passionate about helping his fellow Illustrators build a better business in a climate of constant change.

Thomas has given lectures and workshops for the Graphic Artists Guild and the Stumptown Comics Fest, has written for Fuel Your Illustration, Design TAXI, and Vector Tuts +, and has been featured on Illustration podcasts and blogs such as Drawn 2 Success, Big Illustration Party Time, Chris Oatley’s Artcast, Art & Story, Zero 2 Illo, Workbook, Artsy Shark, and Ninja Mountain.

More reviews of ’15 Steps to Freelance Illustration':

“It’s thorough, yet not too complicated, and it’s very flexible for different types of artists of different experience levels.  I like the workbook too. It’s a great way to get your readers motivated and on task.” – Dani Jones – Illustrator and founder of the Artcast Network

“Thomas has done a great job of putting together the basics. I was pleased to see the amount of resources he provides at the end of the book. I’m sure this book will be very popular with freelancers everywhere.” - Bob Ostrom – Illustrator and co-host of the Answers for Freelancers and Creative Independence Podcasts

“Anyone that follows the Escape From Illustration Island blog and listens to the Podcasts regularly already knows that Thomas knows his stuff – imagine all of that knowledge and experience squeezed into a 15 step guide to getting your illustration business off the ground and there you have it…15 Steps To Freelance Illustration.

Full of practical and actionable steps to guide you on your way, the ebook and accompanying workbook are invaluable tools that should be in every aspiring illustrators toolbox. Well worth the cover price…and more!” – Jonathan Woodward – Illustrator and founder of Zero 2 Illo, ‘A Blog for Aspiring Illustrators’

Testimonials From Artists Who Are Using 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration:

“Since reading your book, my work seems to have taken on a pace of its own.  The parts on organizing your workspace, building the portfolio and basically the treasure of the Workbook help to see my plans in black and white.  Add to that: Time Management. My strategy is in place – so I’m not shooting out illustrations as a ‘hit-or-miss’ anymore.  Thank you for the terrific resource!” – Susanna Porob – Illustrator

“The companion workbook really helps in encouraging the reader to write things down; it makes plans more concrete and organized. The bonus articles are great, especially “What I Wish I Knew When I Started.” I also appreciate the important, critical questions you ask in the first chapter, like “Why do I want a career in Freelance Illustration?”, “What are my obstacles?”, etc. You really cover the key processes necessary to get a business up and running, and yet you keep a firm grasp on the realities of working freelance. You force the reader to ask the hard questions that may be what makes or breaks them as professional illustrators.” – Tami Traylor – Illustrator

“Got my copy yesterday. Really enjoyed what I’ve got out of it so far. Neatly organized and straight to the point. I see this as a great resource in helping me advance in my artistic career.” – Blake Eason – Illustrator

“Thanks so much for putting such a valuable resource together!! I just had a quick peek and it looks awesome- very thorough and informative. I really think your workbook will help a lot of people get their thoughts and plans clearly organized and will give them piece of mind to know that they haven’t overlooked something important.” – Suzanne Del Rizzo – Illustrator

Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied that 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is helping you to start your Illustration business on the right foot, just let me know and I’ll refund your money in full. No questions asked.

Download Your Copy Today

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is ready for download right now for only $19.95 USD!  To get your copy simply click the ‘Download It Now‘ button below and you’ll be taken to a page where you can make your payment via PayPal or Credit Card and receive an email with your download link right away.

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