I have been following this discussion and have found it very helpful. I just joined the Guild and have been reading the listserv for about a year now. I'm a fledgling scientific illustrator and am feeling a bit clueless about how to run my business. The differing points of view expressed on the listserv are some of the most useful I've come across. Thanks for being so forthcoming with your advice.
I've got a question for the many professional illustrators out there. I'm not sure if this should have a new subject line but here goes anyway. How did you go about getting your first job? Any advice?