The second illustrator doesn't seem to have the same passion for the projects that I have. He wasn't close to meeting the deadline, and I'm not sure he will be reliable in the future when it comes to meeting deadlines. He is an extremely gifted artist, but not focused in a professional, business-like manner.
Things I have recently learned:
A. It is difficult to get people invested in your dreams. They will ooh and aah over it, they will congratulate you, they will even tell you how amazing you and your project are, but very few will choose to invest in it in any way. If the dream is not a part of them, they hesitate to join the chase.
B. Inviting others to participate in the dream is not enough to create action, even if they agree to it. There must be a way for our excitement to be so contagious that they can't help be be involved to a "want it now" degree. How do we create some passion for the dream?
C. That I don't know what to do about A and B...I'm open to suggestions.
On the plus side, one book will be easier to finance than two, and it will be done in time for the PA Reading Convention in October.
Sometimes the best you can do is simply keep faith in the dream yourself.