Book Illustration Rates

The following rates are based on A4-size projects. Rates can be increased depending on detail required, research involved and conceptual input required. For ‘one-off’ or single illustrations paid on a flat fee without royalties add 20 per cent; for online usage, a limited time agreement of a maximum of two years and an indication of the type of access should be specified. The rates are exclusive of GST.

Roughs

  • Black and white = $65
  • Colour = $95

Black and white book illustration

  • Quarter page or chapter head = $215
  • Half page = $340
  • Full page = $455
  • Double page spread = $575

Colour book illustration

  • Quarter page or chapter head = $300
  • Half page = $475
  • Full page = $675
  • Double page spread = $900
  • Cover = $1300

NB: These rates are based on the recommendations of the ASA’s Illustrators portfolio holders. Alternative rates are available in the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s 2010 National Freelance Rates (for media, journalism and commercial illustrators) and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

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