The main reason I ask anyone to answer my first question, is because I've been given the oportunity to illustrate a book for children. It's my very first and I just wonder if I get paid for it, will it be a substantial amount. I know it will be my doorway into illustrating, but If I'm gonna do this, I would very much like some money to compensate the time and effort I may place in it.
"Does any one know how much a publisher regularly pays someone to illustate a book?"
and also this may help aswell To help you with fees and contracts
In the UK, the Association of Ilustrators' hotline helps members with fees. Non-members can also consult their online pricing guide and can buy various helpful publications from them. You can also download their sample terms and conditions, from their website.
For the USA, but I'm told it's useful here too, the main reference for fees and contracts is Graphic Artists Guild handbook: pricing and ethical guidelines, 10th ed. You can buy it straight from the Graphics Artists Guild in the USA, or in the UK: click here to get it from amazon.co.uk)
Lawyer Ivan Hoffman has really helpful and comprehensive advice on copyright, contracts and zillions of related legal topics. I like the way it seems quite balanced, since it is for both writers/illustrators and for publishers. There's specific info on contracts for children's publishing.
My own page on Terms and Conditions gives you a quick overview about copyright etc, if you're new to this.
If you're an illustrator and have had any work published in books, magazines. TV etc, however long again, you're entitled to an annual payment in the UK (included photocopying rights). Visit DACS payback for info and to make a claim.
If you've got your name on the title page of a book, in the UK you're also entitled to an annual payment for Public Lending Right (i.e. libraries). Visit PLR for info and to make a claim.
If you're wondering about getting an agent for your illustration work, take a look at Janee Trasler's very useful advice.