- There are a lot of talented people out there
- I should probably not ask for help over vacation, since I'm offline most of the time, and those same talented people now probably think I'm rude/dead
- I'm actually only one of those things
- It's probably a good idea to nail down the cover illustration while your draft is being read and revised, and not after, so you don't have this nagging sense that the process has come to a crashing halt, when in fact it's just taking The Right Amount of Time
- There is no number 5
- I know nothing about how to spec illustrations, or how this process is "supposed" to work
- "Illustration" is a very broad term, which appears to mean "anything other than a photograph"
So, here's my promise to all the illustrators that I have been rude/dead to: I'm re-reading this year's NaNoWriMo draft, with the intent of digitizing the same and unleashing it on my unawares pre-readers. When that happens, I'll put out another call for a cover for that book, per #4. I can only do that, however, if I also learn what's expected of me. Illustrators, what do you need from an author?