I've got a picture book about a dragon I need an illustrator for. I'd be gladly willing to pay $20 for a sample scene and then maybe the rest if you decide you like the story and want to work with me. I was intrigued by the depth of your colors and your dragons and your rates seemed very reasonable. I can send you a scene of the text to work with.
Please e-mail me, best way to get in touch. Or Twitter. I'm on there a lot, too.