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Got my first book deal January 4th 2008
Career & Finance: Asia

Why were you inspired to do this?

I have been mentoring and helping other illustrators with beginning their careers. My goal is to fill in the blanks so some illustrators do not have to make the same mistakes like I did. If I inspire and help even 1 illustrator that will be an accomplishment. I believe it is important that talented illustrators see themselves as a business. No more of this "starving artist" stuff.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

I asked for what I wanted.

I saw a need for my book and filled it.

I let go of perfectionism and sent it out to "the unknown" to be judged by strangers.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

Surprised that doing the opposite to what I normally do worked. Who knew? It is an unfair thing I think to hide your skills and talent. Talent and creativity is a vital thing to share. Fear of success can stop you in your tracks. Asking has become somewhat contagious now. It is so easy now it comes automatic!

3/9/2011 8:12:05 PM

Hi Holly, Congratulations on your success. I'm looking for a link too. How is mentoring going? I hope you'll post some notes about your progress so far.

1/9/2011 8:30:14 AM

Congratulations, we have linked your story on the My Life List 90 (#63) to inspire others. Thank you so much for sharing this great achievement.

10/16/2009 7:12:29 AM

Holly, I love your attitude! I'm thisclose to finishing my own book and totally understand the feeling of launching your work into the world. It's an interesting place to be. I'm happy to know it worked for you. Fingers crossed it will be a fantastic success. Post the link!

9/15/2009 5:16:17 PM

Hey Holly, Can you put a link up to book. So very excited for you!!

8/26/2009 2:31:27 PM

Hi Holly, When is the book due out? And how come you do not have any Top of List Goals?? Bill

8/5/2009 11:29:48 AM

Ah, that's fantastic! Definitely letting go of the perfectionism is my problem. You should let everyone know when it comes out :)

1/10/2009 9:33:14 PM

Congrats! what a great start for the new year! :)

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