At the Highlights Illustrators party, there was a seminar with a panel of Highlights' editors and art directors. There was a list of "Top Ten Things Illustrators can do to Make Highlights Happy" - (a la Letterman style). Thought I would share it here:
10- Bring your unique style.
9- Read the story, have details reflected in the art.
8- Read the art notes.
7- Do your homework, research details. (even cartoony spiders have 8 legs.)
6- Leave room for caption, art should fit in space.
5- Remember the age group.
4- Be responsive to sketch revisions. Re-compose the layout if necessary.
3- Remember the Highlights statement. (They are fun, but not sassy...)
2- Meet the deadlines.
1- Humor them. (Put seat belts on aliens in spaceships, life vests on