A. You do not want to find your own illustrator. Publishers and agents will do that for you. Suggesting a potential illustrator is a big no-no. Simply send in the collection query an agent (or editor) about the collection like normal.
It’s actually easier than most people think. The downside to working with an illustrator is that you split the advance/royalties with them 50/50 most of the time.
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