STEP TWO: MAYBE - WORK FOR FUTURE ROYALTIES FROM FUTURE SALES.
1. The author's Craigslist post indicates "Compensation: negotiable", "TBD", or any other acronym or phrase indicating payment is a possibility.
If the above "MAYBE" conditions is met, proceed to STEP THREE: THE DEAL.
STEP THREE: DEAL 1.
Following a portfolio viewing and decision that YOU are the perfect artist, the author is willing to split the OWNERSHIP of the work 50/50 and VERIFY such in a signed legal contract specifying OWNERSHIP and the PAYMENT breakdown. Writing is half the work, creating the art is the other half. (As someone who has two written and illustrated works published, both disciplines require equal work).
2. The author signs the contract with the elements listed above. If both the above "DEAL" conditions are met and you feel it's a suitable deal, full steam ahead and good luck!
If the above "DEAL" conditions are not met, proceed to STEP FOUR: HMMM.