Publishers do not want to see illustrated manuscripts unless it is illustrated by the author (and then only if they are capable of doing professional quality illustrations.) Spend your time working on your own portfolio and mailing samples instead. Send the would-be author to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators site and The Purple Crayon.

Self-publishing is another venture to be very wary of. If you can get the author to pay you up front you might consider taking the job but make sure your contract is very clear about deadlines, number of changes to artwork, author input, specific rights and licensing. Do your research on both author and the self-publishing house to make sure they are legitimate. Preditors and Editors is a useful site for researching various publishing entities.
 


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