When I was putting together my list of art directors to send sample post cards to I included a few editors. Not because I had some inside information or connections, I did it because there were a few editors I had met at events that I would love to work with. I figured why not. What's the worst that can happen? My post card could end up in the trash. Oh, well. That's better than not trying. I know the art director is the one to choose the illustrator, but who's to not say an editor may love your work and hold on to that card and eventually suggest to the art director that your work is worth considering for a particular project. Well it looks like the "top secret" editor on a popular blog is the one to say just that!
"Editors do help to suggest illustrators. If I like a postcard enough, I'll put it up on my wall to remind myself of the illustrator." EA
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