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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 29 Oct 1999 14:15:08 -0400
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>>'m at a complete loss as far as pricing
>goes. e.g.  My painting of the Great Blue Heron is large, about 25" x 35",
>and took
>about 6 weeks to complete.  The Snow Leopard is considerably smaller and took
>about 2 weeks to complete.<
>Hi Sandy,
>When selling repro rights, the nature of the work (ie. complex piece,full
>page, full color) and the nature of the target publication (geographic &
>distribution) will dictate the price structure. One of the best sources of
>such pricing structures is the Graphic Artists Guild guide to pricing and
>ethical practices (<<<close, I forget the offical title). Althought the
>prices listed tend to show the upper ranges possible, they do give a nice
>spread and also contains important info as to assigning value to your work
>and how to enter into negotiations. At the very least, it offers a
>departure point for discussion.
>Unfortunately in many publishing markets, the total time that it takes for
>an artist to finish a piece will have little bearing here. So a full page
>illustration in splashy loose watercolor that takes about 4 or 5 hours to
>execute will command the same fee as a 6-week, finely detailed rendering.
>Hope this helps.


Think in terms of selling Stock Photography.  Might be worht checking ot
some web sites of photographers and custom stock photo sites.

Price will range from $100-$6000 per re-use, depending on the publication
(i.e circulation).

Ex. -I happen to know that National Geographic's book division has a
standard rate of $500 they are looking to pay for a stock photo image that
begins a section of a mass market book (I don't know if they buy the right
to reuse the image in all future editions in that figure or not).  That is
how they budget a project.  But that does not mean that they won't pay more
if the image they want is hard to find.  So $500 is the bottom end of their
range in that case.  Of course if they have to pay too much, they might
commission an new image, obviously trying to get as much of the rights as
they can for as little as they can.


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