One eye opener publishing Steampunk Trails was how incredibly tough it was to get artists. I contacted 12 artists through their blogs or websites because I liked their samples or I'd seen their work someplace--not one of them even bothered to respond. Of the artists who contacted me through our announcements, of the three I gave assignments to, only two of them bothered to complete them and one of those was late. I eventually recruited another artist. This was for interior illustrations, not the cover. In other words, the starving artist seems to be because of his own doing, to botch the phrase a bit.
So, this leaves me in a predicament of what to do with any future issues. I honestly don't know if illustrating the magazine is worth the grief. How about it, readers? How important are interior illustrations to you? I'd really like to know.