I often get letters from people asking me to illustrate a story they have written. Unfortunately, this is not possible since I'm always too busy with my own projects.

Most illustrators can't take on speculative work for individuals without a contract from a publisher or self publisher.

In most cases, publishers want to choose the artist for any given manuscript... so it's best for the author to submit stories directly to a publisher first.

What's the best way to go about submitting a story to a publisher? The first place to look for information about this process is the SCBWI.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

http://www.scbwi.org/

Another good place for information is the Children's Book Council

http://www.cbcbooks.org/