Q: Last week you mentioned WMIG, a group for illustrators in the Western Massachusetts area (Western Mass Illustrator’s Guild). But, you aren’t an illustrator. Tell us about it and why you are still so involved.
J: OK, so there are some selfish reasons– I get to see new children’s book art before the editor’s do. I get to ooh and ahhh over the original pieces of art. What could be better for an art-lover and a children’s book lover than that? Also, I have helped many of these artists find work, find agents, or editors or publishers. I am a part of their process even though I do not use a paint brush….ever. (I cannot even draw stick figures!!!) So, I guess, in that sense, it’s not entirely selfish.
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