Episode 5 Shipping Supplies

Episode 5: “Shipping Books”

Packaging and shipping signed books is for Illustrators and authors. Use these tools for your efficiency and success. Create a shipping method that works for your business and book releases. As discussed in Illustrator Life Episode 5, these supplies are used in shipping books to customers.

#1. Adhesive Shipping Labels

Print multiple labels with your company address on an 8.5″ x 11″ adhesive label sheet: 2 up, 3 up, or more. Preprinted shipping labels minimizes the time necessary in hand labeling orders.

#2. Bags

Handle plastic bags come in various sizes and quantities. Choose the quantity and sizes that will hold multiple books. Inserting a book(s) into a plastic bag, protects against moisture in transport. These bags can also be used at book events.

#3. Padded Envelopes

Padded envelopes come in various sizes. Choose a quantity and one or more sizes that will hold a single book or multiple books.

#4. Boxes

Corrugated shipping boxes come in various sizes and quantities. Choose a quantity and one or more sizes that will hold a single book or multiple books without extra packaging materials: packing peanuts, packing Kraft paper, or packing foam.

#5. Clear tape and Dispenser

Secure all padded envelopes and boxes using clear shipping tape. A handheld tape dispenser is more flexible when wrapping large boxes.


Episode 4 Homework

Meeting new clients can happen anytime. As discussed in Illustrator Life Episode 4  illustrators, Mark shares how an illustrator “elevator spiel” can become a memorable client meet cute.

Homework: Inside your sketchbook

#1. Craft an elevator spiel for clients using the example:

Keep it simple if asked, “Do you illustrate books?” or “How much do you charge?” Reply with this simple elevator spiel.

“Yes, I‘m a (type of illustrator) professional children’s book illustrator. Many of my clients choose (type of contract) cost effective royalty contracts for full use of the illustrations from books to licensed products. I can explain more in an email. Do you have a card Prospective Client?”

Spiels quickly qualify clients. Mention professionalism and a contract to deter non-paying clients and attract serious clients. A concise spiel is a must at book events, conferences, even on elevators.


#2. Craft a follow up email response for clients using the example:

Create a draft email for contacts that can be sent within two days of your meeting. The email should include the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. Use this example:

“Hello Prospective Client,

We meet (where?) at Book Expo America (when?) two days ago. I was (who?) the somewhat funny illustrator. Your (what?) book about Australia sounds exciting. (why?) I believe we can create a profitable book using both our talents. (how?) My contact information is listed below.

Our meeting was brief.  Did you have any additional questions?


The Professional Illustrator



#3. Create an “illustrator pickup line” mission statement using the examples:
  • “I’m the cure for ugly books!”
  • “I’m make words a thousand times better!”
  • “I draw readers when words don’t.”
  • ”When I’m not drawing flies, I draw illustrated picture books.”

Adding humor to client interactions will make an illustrator memorable. A client’s response reflects their personality.