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Cindy Shaw <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 16 Jul 1997 23:39:10 +0100
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 >I asked Cindy,

Hi All -

I have to laugh out loud at THAT one - makes me sound like I'm such an
expert..... definitely NOT! I did spend a bit of time some months ago
talking to a publisher about doing a book on underwater photography, and
it seemed that they just wanted to take me for a ride, when all was on
the table. I wasn't that hungry, and there were other things I wanted to
be doing with my time.

>she said it seemed that somehow we are supposed to
> be inherently able to understand these jobs, but I'm one who doesn't...

Same here. I was commenting to Darcy how during past discussions, there
was much concern expressed about pricing ourselves both competitively
and according to our true worth, yet few seemed willing to suggest
specifics. I encouraged Darcy to put it to "the list", and it's been
great to see some good, practical advice regarding this issue. Thanks.

WOW. They want 250 illustrations in a month? Boy, I have to agree with
Britt on THAT one, and I don't think it takes an expert to see it - it'd
probably take me a year!

On a somewhat related subject: the museum geology exhibit for which I've
"donated" my time. I've been able to justify my time with this project
because I have other intentions for the artwork... What I need to do is
to prepare a contract for the museum to the effect that my artwork is
considered to be "on permanent loan" (or some other such thing) to the
museum, and that I retain all reproduction rights to it - i.e., I can do
anything I want with it, but THEY can't without permission. The
geologist with whom I've been working wants to team up to do a regional
book, and the WA State Geologist is also interested in the artwork. And
I want to do some educational materials on my own.

The geologist wants to self-publish - he's very well published in the
field, and is a recognized expert in the geology of the NW. His wife is
an editor, and we figure between us all, we could do a bang-up job.
Seems like the regional nature of the project would make it easier to
market, thereby reducing the need to go after an outside publisher. We
do have the resources to publish ourselves; the market would be hikers,
teachers, museums and science centers, parks, regional bookstores, etc.
Has anyone had any such experience? Any words of wisdom regarding joint

With regard to WA State's interest - for example, for posters. If this
were to come about, would it be better for me to sell them one-time
rights and have them do their own printing, or might I be better off to
have them printed myself, and wholesale the posters to them? Then I
could potentially wholesale them to the same folks as they (the same
market as the intended book) - even include them in an educational

Any thoughts in general dealing with multiple uses for illustrations?

Thanks -