I've been illustrating in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror fields since 1995.
My first published illustration was when I won the 1995 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Gold Award, where I spent the weekend with masters like Ron and Val Lindahn and Frank Kelly Freas.
One of my earliest published commissions was in Tempera Paint and Color Pencil
- way before I worked in digital -
when I did the cover for the Sept '98 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
Since then I've done a lot of illustrations for self publishing authors
Working online, and with self published authors, I have plenty of experience with CreateSpace and similar publishing websites.
Here's a recent example of how I overlay their template to create an illustration that flows across the entire book cover, front, spine and back.
I get work from all over the world, and personally, I don't know where half of these folks hear about me. Above was a mockup I did for a brewing company in New Zealand. I just finished a cover for a bloke in the UK. I do children's books for a website in Canada. I rarely work with anyone locally, and neither should you. Why limit yourself to local talent when the best is out there in the world.