I'd be doing the writing (with the help of my dad), and am looking for an illustrator to collaborate with us. You'd be illustrating about thirty pages, and don't need to read/write/speak Tamil to create the art. No pay up front, but we'd do a 50/50 split of the profits, if any. We'll probably be self-published through my small press, printed POD through Lulu, so no up-front costs for either of us, but we do only get a tiny bit profit per sale ($1-2, probably). This is not likely to be a big moneymaker, unless we get lucky and it gets popular with the Tamil immigrant community, so please only write back if you're willing to do it primarily as a labor of love. :-) The goal is to have the book finished by Oct. 2008, so that it's available as a gift for next year's Deepvali, Christmas, etc.
Please contact me if interested, ideally with a brief bio and a few e-mailed samples of your work. I'm particularly interested in hearing from Sri Lankan artists, but any S. Asian or diaspora artists would be potentially of interest!